QUIET LAKES VISIONING SESSION July 2006:
THE DNR REPORT of the July 2006 VISIONING SESSION for the Quiet lakes, Teal Lake and Lost land Lake, is now available. This session was held for all interested parties, “local stakeholders,” with fishing interests from property owners, businesses like ours, fishing guides and any others giving input to the DNR on their hopes for the future of these lakes.
We are delighted to report that it was a great meeting, and well balanced in the opinions offered, and the conclusions drawn. Walleye actually received a higher “INTEREST” mark than musky – but only just. Black crappie was a close third. While bass (both largemouth and smallmouth) are popular, northern pike are fun, and yellow perch are plentiful, these were of lesser future interest.
SIZE over NUMBER, however, was of little interest. The emphasis was on balance. There was also some new terminology, in which the words “MEMORABLE-SIZE” received greater emphasis than “TROPHY-SIZE.”
We are delighted, and will eagerly anticipate, the management plan that the DNR implements to achieve this vision. It was said years ago, by Pete Maina, that Teal may not produce many trophy fish but that your chances of catching a nice fish, now defined as “memorable-size”, are as good on Teal Lake as anywhere. Our splendid 2006 Musky List (elsewhere on this web page for the Lodge) certainly brings this home to us. We are pleased with the recent past history, we are pleased with the present visioning, and we expect to be pleased with the future plan. The DNR report speculates that this will probably entail changes in regulations over size for musky, and may entail changes in the live bait/methods for musky. For walleye, it will probably continue to be that Lost Land has fewer but larger walleye, while Teal has more but smaller walleye – it has ever been such because the walleye breed more prolifically in Teal. It may entail reduced harvest on crappie. But this is all their speculation on their future management plan.
However, at this time, there is little that we or you can do, except…..
(i) be very careful and vigilant to avoid the introduction of non-native species, in both fish and plants, especially the invasive. Other sources are recommending high pressure washing before launching boats from other lakes.
(ii) be very careful about the management of the buffer strips. Actually, this Lodge is so well within the established shoreland guidelines, we are proud to maintain it.