And now guagga mussels are eating the zebra mussels on Lake Michigan. These tiny buggers are suppose to be even more destructive as they can grow virtually anywhere and feed year round. With some 75 inland lakes already infested with zebra mussels, it is logical to expect this new invasive species to also spread across the state in the coming years. The only way the spread of guagga mussels, VHS and other non-natives species will be prevented is if boaters - not just anglers - make a committed effort to cleaning boats and equipment before moving from lake to lake and following DNR rules.
On that note, the Lincoln County Lakes and Rivers Association (LCLRA) will be hosting separate training sessions this month concerning monitoring aquatic invasive species (AIS) and preventing the spread of aquatic non-natives.
The first will take place tomorrow (June 18) at the Bradley Town Hall, 1518 W. Mohawk Dr., from 6 to 8 p.m. Bill Klase, Headwaters Basin Educator for natural resources University of Wisconsin, will provide training at the AIS monitoring workshop, which he indicated is directly geared toward individuals who want to monitor their individual lakes for AIS.
The second workshop will provide training for the statewide Clean Boats, Clean Waters program on June 25 (Wednesday) from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bradley Town Hall. This program is geared toward training volunteers how to watch over boat landings and what to look for to assure AIS isn't spread into the individual lake they are watching over.
For more information or to register for either of the workshops, contact Diane Hanson, Lincoln County Land Information and Conservation Department conservationist, at 715-536-0363.
The Wisconsin Association of Lakes (WAL) also will be hosting a Lake Management Planning program at the Nicolet College, Lake Julia Campus in Rhinelander, on
June 26. Along with Lincoln and Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Associations, several other countywide lake districts will be on hand to provide information and assistance to individuals who would like to form their own lake associations or districts. Forming a lake organization is the first necessary step in creating individual lake management plans and receiving future DNR grants to control the spread of AIS. Of Lincoln County's 700 lakes, 12 currently are represented by lake associations or districts.
For more information or to register, go to www.wisconsinlakes.org/Events/08lake_planning.htm
or call 800-542-5253.
The committed group of volunteers working to protect our Northwoods waters encourages everyone with an oar in the water to get involved. Each person can make a difference and together we can help keep our waters free of AIS in the future!
One quick fishing note. It's a great time to take a child fishing as the gills and other panfish are in the shallows. A bobber and worm is all that is needed to have a fun day on the water. Musky fishing was slow this past week but a full moon and warming air and water temps should make conditions much better.
Good luck to everyone heading out this week and enjoy your Northwoods water time!