Made it out yesterday with a bud and tried about 1/2 dozen spots before we found some active fish. Interesting year, the pannies were not where we thought they'd be. We found active fish in a shallow back-bay. We were fishing in around 2 feet of water with waxies and ice-fishing jigs under a bobber. We threw back some bigger male bulls and each kept around (10) 7 to 8 inchers for fish fry. Also caught a stray kitty on an 1/8 jig. That was a hoot on the Gill rod.
In regards to WWMD's drawdown proposal, it is shortsighted at best. I made a public records request for a report completed by the DNR. The DNR noted that given the lack of sufficient overwintering depths present during the proposed drawdown, we can reasonably expect a marked decrease in fish abundance in the Waterford Impoundment. It also notes that a downstream fall migration of fish can be expected.
What makes the proposal especially shortsighted is that they are targeting a weed (Eurasian Milfoil) that WWMD currently only treats 85 acres of the 1,100 acre waterway (around 7%). Also interesting is that to achieve the desired results, a sustained deep winter freeze is required. If a mild winter coincides with the drawdown it will not harm the invasive weed that they are targeting. The gain is minimal and the risks are huge.
The Town of Waterford unanimously Opposed the drawdown on 4.12.2017 for the following reasons: 1. Impairment and usage of the waterway 2. Economic impact to local businesses both during the drawdown and after 3. Diminish value of real estate to be purchased and/or sold 4. Death of fish and native life forms (per DNR fish sampling) 5. Weed growth is minimal, and there’s no guarantee that a drawdown will do anything 6. Impact to communities to the North.
I plan to speak to the Village Board this evening in hopes that they will oppose the drawdown as well.
Lastly, South Eastern Fox River Commission opposes a drawdown citing long lasting negative impact on the fishery.