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RiverBassHunter
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1/25/15 12:16 AM CST
went out from 3 30 til 7pm today, there is a population of healthy bluegills, green sunfish and hybrids of the two. There are also a lot of healthy channel cats in there as well, caught several in the 9 to 10 inch margin as well as a 24 incher that was plump. The biggest surprise was a 18 inch sheepshead, was not expecting to see that at all. But the one rod i was using with 25lb test and a 5 inch bluegill for bait sat for a long time but then out of nowhere drag began to peel off like crazy for 5 or 6 seconds. I waited to set the hook but nothing after that. I waited 3 minutes and checked the line. The bluegill had been taken off of the hook. Idk what did it, but it was a vicious take that bent a heavy action salmon rod pretty good. There are still fish here, i just don't know what exactly..... Also saw lots of baitfish so it looks healthy enough to me. Tounge Out

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tarponcraig
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1/24/15 5:14 PM CST
Lets all put up or shut up. If it is catch and release, I am in for $200 Big Smile

Robbollio
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1/24/15 3:13 PM CST
I'm in for helping this place out! $2500 isn't to much for a bunch of fish. I would think that would be easy to raise when we know it could happen 100%. Maybe raise the length on bass to 20 inches... 22 inches... just saying ;)

RiverBassHunter
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1/24/15 12:52 PM CST
If/when we get an approval I will get an email from the dnr and I will hopefully have good news to post. Ive only heard how good this lake was, I'd like to see it myself in better shape

badgerbass
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1/24/15 11:26 AM CST
If/when we get approval I will also make a donation, and I'm sure I can get others to donate also. This lake used to be unreal, would love to see it get back to that.

RiverBassHunter
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1/23/15 3:46 PM CST
We are basically just waiting on an approval, and eyes you are right it should be only catch and release. Though a water pollutant report said it was safe, i don't think i'd eat anything out of there.

[This post was last edited on 1/23/15 at 3:59 PM]
RiverBassHunter
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1/23/15 3:45 PM CST
Great point bass abductor and minners, while i have no set deadline for this and I am waiting on the approval of Nate, it is alright if nobody donates right now, there is no real big hurry. I am just one of several people who care enough to try to get this lake back up and running again. Now the question is what happens if people do donate but nothing can be done? My answer is IF they donated from seeing it on here, I will keep people posted as best I can and if i hear that it isn't going to be possible I will either send people a refund check in the mail if they contact me through PM OR try to find another lake to stock some fish into if it is possible. Your concerns are legit and I understand that, I may have jumped the gun here, but I really want to see this lake better than it is now. I did get the price from the fish farm you mentioned and I was looking into stocking about a thousand bass into it, would be a good start. I am fishing there tomorrow and also going to try to pick up some trash as well.

eyecatfish
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1/23/15 9:57 AM CST
It should be catch and release. It's a small lake and eating fish out of it would probably make you glow in the dark or turn you into a human thermometer.

bass abductor
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1/23/15 4:31 AM CST
I would say ok, not what it used to be. I saw flatheads leaving the lake in little red wagons several times I fished Columbia at night. We always released what we would catch but obviously many guys did not. We used to catch a flathead every trip but that definitely doesnt happen anymore.

eyecatfish
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1/22/15 11:30 PM CST
How is the flathead fishing now days?

bass abductor
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1/22/15 11:19 PM CST
Just checked out the donation site, awesome that you set this up River Bass, and even more awesome you donated minners. My only hesitation is what happends to any funds donated if DNR decides bass cant be stocked, or if DNR or plant picks up tab and no money is needed. It is sad that this question has to be asked but the way things are nowadays it is better safe than sorry. If the all clear is given to stock and funds are needed you can bet I will put 100 bucks minimum towards the fund.

bass abductor
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1/22/15 11:05 PM CST
Great news that people are taking interest. I would be hesitant to donate any funds as of yet. When I talked to Nate he had mentioned that occasioanlly the DNR had extra fish to be stocked that could go in for no cost. The plant used to pay for the hybrid striper stockings, there is still the chance they could pick up cost for largemouth stocking. I am in just a big of hurry as anyone to get the lake back to good fishing, but there are steps necessary before that can be done. The water temp and quality is another issue, it wouldnt make much sense to spend the money, stock the fish, and then they all die like they did several years ago. I plan on calling Nate tomorrow to see if there are any new updates.

minners
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1/22/15 10:30 PM CST
Largemouth bass stocking is definitely doable. I checked some prices online with a Wisconsin fish farms. $2,500 bucks you could buy 1,000 3"-5" fingerlings

http://www.roeselerfarms.com/Fish.html

That is the place. Really wouldn't cost a ton to get bass back in there. Just need the permit/permission. Raise some funds. Place the order and they will deliver to the lake.

Also to get some funds you could contact the people that put on the Madison Fishing expo every year. All the money raised at the show is to be donated to fishing related projects in the area. This is the last year that they will be having the expo. The current volunteers that have been doing it for years are done after this year. If that expo continues it will be most likely picked up by a promotions business trying to turn a profit. Just some more info for anyone trying to get this project moving.

[This post was last edited on 1/22/15 at 10:51 PM]
RiverBassHunter
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1/22/15 9:19 PM CST
i got an update, I just heard back from Mr. Nye at the DNR, says that Wipers will not be restocked because of the Invasive Species laws, but when they hear from the power company and see what their production terms are they will restock if the water does not get too hot again. Largemouth can still be stocked and I looked into sources, but ultimately now its waiting on the power company.

But bluegills, shiners, channels and flatheads abound in there so I don't see why not.

Thank you btw minners, i really hope we can get more in on this and i hope even more that we will get an okay to go soon.

[This post was last edited on 1/22/15 at 9:21 PM]
minners
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1/22/15 6:44 PM CST
I just put in 20 bucks. See more people donate I will put in more.

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