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get link Opening Day and Trout Stocking Announcement
Spring is officially here and it’s time to start thinking about Opening Day of the 2018
fishing season. This year Opening Day falls on Saturday, April 14th. In preparation for
Opening Day, the WLPOA will be stocking the lake with trout on April 7th. If conditions
allow, we plan to stock the fish at three different access points around the lake to provide additional opportunities for shore-bound anglers. To allow the fish time to
acclimate, the lake will be closed to fishing between the stocking date (April 7) and
opening day. You can start fishing for these fish at 6:00 AM on April 14th. Come out
and enjoy a long-standing Connecticut tradition with us. Following the morning fishing
activities, members of the Fishing Committee will be gathering for a pot-luck barbeque
starting around 11:30 AM. Please stop by, share some fish stories and bring some food
or drink to share.
A second trout stocking is scheduled to occur over the weekend of April 27th. Similar to
the first stocking, trout will be distributed at three different access points around the
Spring Tagged-Trout Fishing Contest (Prize Money)
The Fish Committee is pleased to announce the inaugural spring tagged-trout fishing
contest. Three larger trout will be tagged by the hatchery and stocked during April 7th
stocking event. The contest rules are as follows:
Pay the $20 entrance fee to be eligible for the cash prize. You must be preregistered
to be eligible to win.
The contest will run from 6:00 AM on April 14 until 12:00 PM on Sunday, June 3,
If you catch one of the tagged fish, you must take a cell phone or digital picture
clearly depicting yourself with the freshly caught fish. The picture must show the
tag and be date-stamped. Most cell phones automatically record the date when
the picture is taken so this should not be an issue.
If you plan to release the fish, please cut tag off where it enters the fish. Cut only
the tag and not the fish…. If you plan to keep the trout, you can simply pull the
tag out. Present the tag and the picture of the fish to the office to be registered
for the prize money.
Half of the monies collected for the entrance fee will be awarded as prize money
for anglers who successfully landed a tagged trout. The other half of the
entrance fee will go towards the Fish Committee budget, to be earmarked for
additional fish stocking. If only one tagged fish is landed, the angler will receive
the full half of the entrance fee total. If all three tagged fish are landed, half of the
entrance fee will be split between the anglers.
The prize money will be awarded to the winning anglers after the contest
concludes on June 3, 2018.
Please join us by participating in this inaugural event. The committee is hopeful this will
add some excitement to the spring trout fishing season. At a bare minimum, you are
making a donation to future fish stocking in the lake.
Annual Youth Fishing Derby – Saturday, May 19th
The Annual Youth Fishing Derby is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, May
19th. Similar to last year, we will be stocking trout at the boat ramp immediately prior to
the start of the derby. This provides derby participants with the opportunity to watch
and participate with the trout stocking and should increase success. There will also be
a demonstration on safe handling and release of the fish. The trout stocking will occur
between 8:00 and 8:30, with sign up and fishing to commence immediately following the
trout stocking. There will be prizes awarded for the first and biggest fish and hot dogs
and hamburgers will be served around noon. This is a great opportunity to introduce
children to the sport of fishing. We will have experienced anglers on hand to offer
advice or assistance when needed. Please come down and join us for some family fun.
On Saturday March 17th, fingerling walleye were stocked into the lake. The walleye
arrived in good condition and swam off to deep waters. The fingerling walleye ranged in
size from approximately 3 to 8 inches. The stocked walleye will grow quickly over the
next year and should provide angling success for years to come.
The Fishing Committee
3/17/2011 9:13:00 AM
Rush Lake (MINNESOTA) gets another shot of iron in association effort toward healthy lake
BY DENISE MARTIN
The Rush Lake Improvement Association recently got the Chisago County Board’s blessing to continue depositing iron filings onto the lakebed to control nuisance weed growth. The Rush Lake Improvement Association (RLIA) hopes to land some state aid for continued experimentation in weed control, and a county letter of support would help their cause. But the association wasn’t waiting around for outside funding. Early this month members of the association, under the supervision of experts, proceeded to deposit into the lake about 9,000 pounds of filings delivered in big trucks to the Nessel Township Hall lot.
Association spokesperson David Cartwright said the association is going to spread additional iron filings into the lake in spring– by boat– once open water returns.
Blue Water Science, a Twin Cities company that consults on lake/marine water quality and improvement practices, has been working with the RLIA.
Limnologist Steve McComas said the open water application will be instrumental in developing another option for applying iron filings.
McComas said iron itself is several times more dense than water and settles on the lakebed, where it is supposed to go. Once in the sediment the iron binds with phosphorus, restricting its availability as a nutrient promoting weed growth. Using iron filings is efficient as there is no “waste rock” being added to the lake ecosystem. Unlike other iron mineral products, iron filings have no powdery material (fines) associated with their use which would affect lake clarity. The filings are from foundries and almost 100 percent iron.
The Rush Lake Improvement Association in 2009 placed iron filings into the lake much the same way as was done a couple weeks go. Volunteers cut holes and helped direct filings through holes, concentrating a couple weeks ago on three test areas of approximately one acre a piece.
The RLIA learned from the application almost two years ago, according to Cartwright, that using holes in the ice tended to concentrate the filings in a pile as they dropped to the lake bottom.
By depositing filings into open water, the association hopes to see better dispersal. By using both approaches they can be compared.
The iron filings are about the size of a grain of table salt. (See photo.)
The association will measure the effectiveness of the filings in reducing Rush Lake’s curly leaf pondweed problem. Researchers continue to increase their understanding of the chemical reactions occurring in lake sediment; along with identifying any impacts the filings might have on species or habitat.
It is widely reported that iron is superior to alum– which has also been used (not in this county) to reduce weed growth.
The county commissioners were advised that the issue with aluminum sulfate is its limited success. One study done in 2005 shared by the RLIA while meeting with the County Board, is that “higher sulfate concentrations are viewed as increasing the magnitude of phosphorus released from bottom sediments.” This is the opposite of what’s desired.
Applying alum also introduces sulfur into the lake sediment, plus it is relatively expensive.
Cartwright told the commissioners the association continues to research and apply iron filings, because, “We have strong reason to believe it will be successful.”
The commissioners were told the association has also made efforts to limit external sources like manure, farm fertilizer, etc. that are sources of phosphorus entering Rush Lake.
Late this summer divers will count plant growth (stems) from the bottom of the lake, using a grid system, and researchers evaluate the before and after tallies.
Rush Lake and Rush Creek are on the list of impaired waters through the Federal Clean Water Act and Rush Lake is “eutrophic.”
The lake improvement association is self-supporting and does not receive any tax dollars.
The association members (rlia.org) meet the third Saturday of each month, next meeting will be Saturday, at Nessel Township Hall, at approximately 8 a.m.
WE HAVE TO ASK THE QUESTION….WHY HASN’T OUR LAKE CONSULTANT RECOMMENDED THIS APPROACH?