Walleyes reconsidered – a conversation with Zach Lawson

On October 23rd several LOFA members met with Wisconsin DNR Fisheries Biologist Zach Lawson to talk about fish species, catch limits, habitat, and the health of Lake of the Falls. It was a good conversation! We’re grateful to Zach for taking the time to come out, and to Bill Dalpiaz for setting it up. You can read my notes from the meeting here, and then take a look at Zach’s handouts.

Edit on November 13: I received some revisions to the meeting notes from Zach today, so am posting the corrected copy here. His changes are in italics. He also sent Survey Reports from 2015 for Lake of the Falls and for Third Black Lake in 2016. Regarding the meeting handout posted above, he asked me to remind everyone that “the historic recruitment/stocking/cpe’s document was compiled data from our files here and does NOT have any dialogue associated. Those figures are a rather complex representation of the data we have in hand, were meant for a meeting setting explaination, and therefore, I ask people who view/interoperate those figures/data, to contact me directly with any questions/concerns before drawing any conclusions.”

Zach’s efforts on behalf or our lake are greatly appreciated and we hope to see him again next season!

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The Walleyes have arrived!!

 

Tom, at Beaver’s, said the DNR stocked 4500-5000, 4″ to 6″ walleyes yesterday. The driver ended up at Beaver’s because he didn’t like the boat landing on Lake of the Falls Rd where they told him to put them in. (not like a previous driver)

They were asked to let us know when they were delivering but as usual nothing.

Remember the date for the meeting with the fish biologist on October 23rd if you would like to attend.

Here are a few of the pictures Tom took.

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Farewell to Summer Gathering

There were about 15 people that gathered at Beaver’s last Sunday, some happy some sad.

Happy, because the Milwaukee Brewers took the first step for a shot at the World Series! Sad, because the Packers lost to Detroit but more importantly the end of another Summer.

All agreed, this has been the wettest Fall anyone can remember. Even with the clouds the fall colors have been spectacular. If we would have had some sunshine this would have been a wonderful time to be in the Northwoods.

All had a good time talking about their Summer and past and future plans.

As I write this the lake is at Springtime levels. My dock and others on the lake are underwater. Hopefully the water will recede before the lake freezes!

Have a good winter and we will see you in the Spring.

 

I Saw The Sign

No…not the Ace of Base 1993 hit but the new LOFA member sign.There here and they look great.

Tom, at Beavers Resort, has graciously agreed to be a distribution point for them.

He has one on display at the bar and they are available for $25.00 ea. Pick one up fo display at the end of your drive by the fire number or lakeside on your dock or both.

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More fishing news

LOFA Fish Czar Bill Dalpiaz has arranged a meeting for LOFA members with WDNR Fisheries Biologist Zach Lawson at 10:00am on Tuesday, October 23rd  at Beaver’s Resort. Find out everything you’ve always wanted to know about fish stocking, the Wisconsin Walleye Project, and the Wisconsin DNR! R.S.V.P. to Bill if you plan to attend, or send a note to lofassociation@gmail.com. Hope to see a lot of people there!

…and a social event: At this year’s picnic we talked about more ways for LOFA members to get together just for fun, so we’re starting out by having a social night at Beaver’s on Sunday, October 7th  starting at 6:30. Stop by for supper or just for drinks, and enjoy the company of your neighbors in a very informal setting. If there is enough interest we’ll try to make it a regular event, so come out if you can!