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Pondweed and fish update

Here is an excerpt from the thank-you letter sent by the Rice Lake Association to the many volunteers who participated in The Great Weed Pull 2022. Several families from Lake of the Falls joined weed-pullers from all over Iron County and beyond in the effort to control Curly Leaf Pondweed in Rice Lake and the Turtle River during the first 2 weeks of June. While it’s unlikely that CLP will ever be completely removed from our watershed, this year’s effort was a great success and much progress was made.Go to ricelakeassociation.org to see photos of the weed-pullers in action, and please consider volunteering for next year’s event. It’s starting to look like we may be able to beat this, with everybody’s help!

 

“…We think back fondly on each and every day we spent with you on the water. The herculean effort you made to pull those big loads of pondweed into your boat.  The friendly competition of who had the most bags of CLP. Your sense of humor and kind and gentle good nature. The sharing of a meal each day prepared by our wonderful Rice Lake family. The memories are endless and dear.

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Don’t forget about the Fish Count Form!

Reposting from 2019, just as a reminder:

Our local DNR Fisheries Biologist Zach Lawson feels that any data on fish that are caught on Lake of the Falls or the Black Lakes will help give a better picture of the numbers and health of our fish populations. While working with him, we have created a form to document catches by our members, their families, and their guests. It gathers most of the same information as a Landing Creel Count at a boat landing which would require many hours of time.

The form is pretty straightforward and needs only the information you have, we expect that not all anglers may know the water temp or if the lake level is high or low. Any information on the form will help, this is not exact science, just a small piece of information that Zach can use to analyze our fish populations and catch rates. Please list all fish, even undersized. If anyone has any questions please e-mail me at: [email protected] (If you need help identifying all the fish you catch, use this handy guide from the Wisconsin DNR.)

The online version of the Fish Count Form is super-easy to use and you can complete it right from your boat!

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Together again

The Lake of the Falls Association Membership Meeting and Annual Picnic on Sunday couldn’t have been nicer with 29 people attending the meeting and 47 at the picnic. It was great to get back together with everyone after such a long absence and find out what’s been going on around the lake! Thanks to Board President Jan Tesch for organizing everything and to Tom and Nikki at Beaver’s for providing the great food.

 

Board member Bill Dalpiaz reported on his latest conversation with WDNR Fisheries Biologist Zach Lawson about the recent Walleye count in the lake; the official results of the test, including population estimates, can be read here. And board member Cindy Moriarity talked about the aquatic invasive plant Curly Leaf Pondweed, which is present upriver and is a serious threat to Lake of the Falls, and managed to recruit four new volunteers to help next summer in our effort to keep it under control. Yay!

 

Click here to read the minutes of the membership meeting, and click here to see a photo gallery of highlights from the day.

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Board meeting and Fish Count Form

The LOFA board meeting, scheduled for September 6, has been cancelled by unanimous consent of the board members. Hopefully by next spring things will be returning to something close to normal, and we can pick up where we left off in 2019.

But there are still plenty of folks out there fishing on Lake of the Falls and First Black Lake! So don’t forget to fill out a Fish Count Form, either on paper or electronically, each time you get back so we can get a better picture of the numbers and health of our fish populations. Paper forms can be printed by you, or there are usually some available at the public boat landing. We appreciate it!

We’re still monitoring LOTF and First Black for water quality, and this year we’ve been invited to monitor water chemistry (phosphorus and chlorophyll), too. Water test results can be seen any time by following this link.

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Just in time for opening day! Our new Fish Count Form

From Bill Dalpiaz of our Fishing and Water Quality Committee:

Our local DNR Fisheries Biologist Zach Lawson feels that any data on fish that are caught on Lake of the Falls or the Black Lakes will help give a better picture of the numbers and health of our fish populations. While working with him, we have created a form to document catches by our members, their families, and their guests. It gathers most of the same information as a Landing Creel Count at a boat landing which would require many hours of time.

The form is pretty straightforward and needs only the information you have, we expect that not all anglers may know the water temp or if the lake level is high or low. Any information on the form will help, this is not exact science, just a small piece of information that Zach can use to analyze our fish populations and catch rates. Please list all fish, even undersized. If anyone has any questions please e-mail me at: [email protected] (If you need help identifying all the fish you catch, use this handy guide from the Wisconsin DNR.)

Thank you in advance for your help.

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