Southland Fisheries delivered our order for 24,000, 1-3 inch sunfish (bluegills & shellcrackers) on Thursday June 11th. They were stocked as forage fish to help support our bass population. The sunfish were distributed in four places along the shoreline in Lake Atagahi, from Little Atagahi to the large cove near the Atagahi dam. The fish looked and acted healthy with only a small number of fatalities during the 165 mile trip from the fish farm.
Thanks goes to:
Joe McMurray for helping muscle some that needed to go into the water using a net.
Spencer Brown for providing us legal passage along the lake berm to access desirable stocking sites.
Ray Tuers for the photography ( see upcoming Connestee Falls News).
Jim Ungaro for counting the fish to verify the invoice quantity and $'s.
The total cost of this stocking was a $12,330, funded with $6,000 from CFPOA and $6,330 from the Fishing Club.
Fishery Management Committee
Our priority is to help keep us all safe during the pandemic, so the Fishing Club has cancelled its 6/18 monthly meeting and, regretfully, also its annual Fish-A-Rama, scheduled for 6/20. We will keep you informed on when regular meetings and other events will resume. In the meantime, keep healthy… and go fishing. It’s a good way to enjoy the outdoors alone!
Connie & I had some delicious smoked trout the other night for dinner, courtesy of Fishing Club member Jim Haag. Jim has prepared a video explaining how he uses his BBQ grill, with a few inexpensive additions, to smoke trout. Thanks Jim!
Al Byrne, Club Secretary
Click the link below to view Jim’s video:
To help keep us all safe during the pandemic, the Fishing Club has cancelled its regular May meeting, scheduled this month for the 23rd. We will keep members informed on when meetings and events will resume. In the meantime, keep healthy… and go fishing. It’s a good way to enjoy the outdoors alone!
Trout fingerlings were stocked today as forage fish in Lakes Tiaroga and Wanteska.
Morgan Mill Trout Farm delivered 6,667 fingerlings: 41% went into Tiaroga, 59% went into Wanteska.
Bass could be seen immediately attacking them.
At $0.30 each, the cost was $2,000 funded by the POA lake stocking budget.
Fishery Management Committee
To help keep us all safe and to obey the shelter-at-home directive, our April Fishing Club meeting, scheduled for next Thursday 4/16, is cancelled.
We will keep everyone informed on when regular meetings and events will resume. In the meantime, stay healthy … and go fishing! There are plenty of trout, bass, sunfish, and catfish in our lakes, and it’s a good way to enjoy the outdoors alone. Check out the fishing tips and information on our website, cffishclub.org. And if you catch an exceptionally large fish of any species, you get a Lunker award from the Club. Details of that program are also on the website.
And the CFPOA is extending the 4/30/2020 expiration date on the annual fishing license until further notice. Those who do not currently have a fishing license may contact the Administration Office at 828-885-2001 to make arrangements to obtain one.
A new fish feeder has been installed near the Ticoa Park dock to help improve the fishing in that area. (Ticoa Park is the small park at the south end of the lake). The project was funded jointly by the Fishing Club and CFPOA, with Connestee Maintenance doing the installation. Click on the link below to see the feeder in operation.
The Fishing Club’s upped the ante with its popular Lunker fishing contest: Now, if you catch a big fish in our lakes you get a $25 clubhouse gift card in addition to a certificate for framing. No limits on the number of times you can win and the contest is open to anyone with a current CFPOA fishing license. Winners must be at least these lengths: bass, 19”; catfish, 25”; perch, 14”; brim, 11”, and trout, 20”. Wins are kept confidential if the angler wishes. Send an email to Club Secretary Al Byrne (firstname.lastname@example.org) to report a lunker.
Alfred from Morgan Mill Trout Farm delivered 1,455 lbs. of mostly 14 - 16 inch, 1-1/2 lb. average trout.
Atagahi got 509 lbs..
Tiaroga got 203 lbs.
Ticoa got 467 lbs.
Wanteska 276 lbs.
Total 1,455 lbs.
Cost was $4,000 paid for by CFPOA.
Rick Hybil and Joe McMurray directed the stocking on a mild but rainy day.