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The state of our fisherie in Lake of the Falls

On Tuesday June 28, 11 LOFA members gathered at Beaver’s for a conversation with our local DNR Fish Biologist, Zach Lawson, on the subject of the fisherie in Lake of the Falls. This is a summary or our wide-ranging and very interesting 90-minute discussion.

 

According to Zach, the walleye population is in decline not only in Lake of the Falls, but in most lakes across the north woods, likely as a result of our changing environment. Warmer temperatures, overharvesting, variations in ice-off dates, alterations to our shorelines and  more are all contributing factors in the decline. Across the region, more fish are being stocked in our lakes while fewer are surviving.

 

Since 2013. . .(to read the full report, click here)

 

An audio recording of the full meeting is available on request. Send an email to lofassociation@gmail.com if you would like to hear it!

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More shoreline gardening! With native plants!

Joe Pye Weed and a Tiger SwallowtailThe best thing we can do to keep our lake in good condition is to take care of our shorelines. The Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department’s Native Plant Sale, now in its 30th year, is a great opportunity to add interest to your landscape with plants that are good for our lake! You can find the brochure here, on their website at  https://www.ironcountylwcd.com (click on programs, then click on the native plant sale tile),  or call their office at 715-561-2234 to get a brochure mailed to you. The deadline for ordering is February 24. Kick those winter blues with some GREEN!

And remember, the Conservation Department is always available to assist landowners with habitat restorations, shoreline stabilization, tree drops, and more. These projects are eligible for their cost-share program. For more information call the office and talk to Heather Palmquist – she’s always happy to help!

 

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Shoreline gardening with native plants, revisited

For those who missed it, here is a link to the recording of the December 14 webinar presented by the Citizens Lake Monitoring Network on shoreline gardening. Most problems occurring in a lake are caused by surface runoff from developed properties on the shore. We see erosion, more sediment on the lake bottom, changes in water quality, and loss of habitat for all kinds of wildlife. Rain gardens and shoreline restoration with native plants are the best way to prevent these problems and keep our lake healthy for the future.  The section on creating a rain garden starts two and a half minutes into the presentation, and the section on shoreline edge gardening begins at about 31 minutes in. The video takes about an hour to watch, and is well worth the time. Take a look!

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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: billandnanchome@hotmail.com. (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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Support for Rice Lake from the Mercer Town Board

We received this email from the ICLRA on Friday evening:

Thank you all for your support.

Today we received notice from the DNR that the Rice Lake grant had  gained high scores in the DNR grant ranking.  At about 5:50 PM the Mercer Town Board voted unanimously to send a letter of intentation to build a boat landing on Rice Lake as required by the Wisconsin DNR in order to approve the Rice Lake grant.

We and the people on Rice Lake, Pike Lake, Lake of the Falls and the Turtle-Flambeau thank you for your actions in support of the program to eliminate the Curly Leaf Pondweed from Rice Lake.

Best Regards

Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance, Inc.

(Thanks to everyone who expressed support for this.)

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