Beaver’s Resort Musky Tournament 2019

What do you do on a cold rainy day? Why fish in a Musky tournament on beautiful Lake of the Falls of course!

Twelve boats braved the cold, wet., windy elements but only one boat had the winning fish.

The winner was Jason Burmesch with his 40 1/2 inch musky.

Here is a picture of the fish and Jason holding his first place trophy which was made by Joe Chivers.

Congratulations to Jason.

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: billandnanchome@hotmail.com. (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. Forms can be picked up and completed forms can be dropped off at Beaver’s Resort or mailed to the LOFA address on the form. Forms downloaded from the Association web site and those e-mailed to members will be 2-up on a page and should be cut apart for ease of use.

Once again, here’s a link to the Fish Count Form.

Crappies in First Black Lake

In the last few years some LOFA members have expressed concern about perceived changes in the crappie population in First Black Lake. Wisconsin DNR Fisheries Biologist Zach Lawson listened to us and conducted a project late last year to assess the situation. Once again, we are most appreciative of  Zach’s efforts on behalf of our lakes. Thanks also go to LOFA board member Bill Dalpiaz for his time and effort as the head of the Fishing and Water Quality committee.

The report can be read  here and makes for very interesting reading.

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!

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!