Fishing News

Bill Dalpiaz of our Fishing and Water Quality committee reports that WDNR Fisheries Biologist Zach Lawson conducted an electrofishing survey on Lake of the Falls last Monday night, looking for natural walleye reproduction prior to the WDNR’s bi-annual stocking of our lake in a couple of weeks. The plan is to stock 5070 large walleye fingerlings sometime around September 24th.

Bill also sent an informative report created by Zach Lawson and Fisheries Biologist Lawrence Eslinger about the history of walleye management on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage. It’s full of interesting information about habitat, population estimates, growth and mortality, etc. You can read it here.

Thanks, Bill!

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Acoustic bat monitoring – two new maps!

We’ve done two acoustic bat monitoring surveys this summer and have discovered that our beautiful lake supports five different species of bats! Check out our maps from July 17 and August 11.

These surveys are done as part of the Wisconsin Bat Program and coordinated locally by the North Lakeland Discovery Center. We conduct the surveys by taking a slow ride around the perimeter of the lake after dark while using a handheld bat detector. Each species of bat has a different high-frequency call which can be heard by the detector. By looking at the frequency, shape and other characteristics of calls, the software in the detector can identify the species of bat that was recorded.

Bats are fascinating animals that are vital to the environment. They eat tons of insects nightly, saving farmers billions of dollars in pest control every year. They benefit our forests by pollinating a variety of flowering plants and spreading seeds that grow new trees. It’s good to know that Lake of the Falls supports such a healthy population of bats! Just one more reason to love our lake.

More information about bats in Wisconsin, including info about our various bat species,  can be found here.

Turtle crossings again

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She was laying her eggs on the side of the road under our mailbox!

This is a re-post from last year, but it’s worth putting up again. Michael spotted this turtle today on Lake of the Falls Road.

With the breeding season in full swing for our local turtles, the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program is asking for our help. If you observe a turtle crossing a road on her way to a nesting site, find any that have been hit by cars, or just spot a turtle in the wild, you can go to the WTCP’s website to report your sighting. These reports help conservation biologists find problem areas so they can work with road agencies to make crossings safer for motorists and turtles alike; and also help build a database to enable the WDNR to manage and conserve turtles. The website is full of interesting info about turtle species, protecting their nests, and helping them get across the roads safely when we find them.

Ice off may be a little late this year…

…but that didn’t keep this lucky otter from finding a delicious meal below the ice on April 4th! I was lucky enough to have my camera out as he brought this snapping turtle up onto the shore at the north end of the lake and gorged himself on fresh meat. When an eagle and some crows arrived he relocated to the middle of the lake, finished eating, and dropped the carcass back into the water. No free meal for the birds, who looked a little disappointed!

Nikki saw that moose!

Nikki Millet saw this guy strolling along Lake of the Falls Road right past Beaver’s Resort last Friday morning. Great pictures! Thanks for sending them!