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Winter Ice fishing on Ramona and Apache will open from mid-December through early March, safe ice permitting
Nov-April Office hours by appointment only
May 4 Office opens for summer hours
May 11 Fishing season opens!
May 25 Guest fishing opens (Memorial Day weekend)
July 4 -July 6 Ramona is closed to fishing, in preparation for the Kids Fishing Contest
Oct 31 Fishing season closes and boats must be removed from the lakes

2019 headlines

Catch/Release Rainbow at Ramona Ice Fishing - will open on Ramona and Apache from mid-December to early March, safe ice permitting. By safe ice we mean, greater than 4 inches thick. As always, we strongly encourage our fishermen to be careful, especially around the edges of the lakes, where the ice can be much thinner. We encourage you to wear cleats, especially on glaze ice. Finally, it is always good to fish with a buddy or around others, especially on Apache because the ice is not visible from nearby traffic. For more ice fishing safety tips. Ice fishing is open to members who either buy an ice fishing season pass for $80 or a daily ice fishing pass for $20. The only permitted day pass is the new ice fishing day pass (you can no longer use a child guest pass). Members can host guests with our usual daily escorted adult or child guest pass. We do not permit unescorted guests on the lakes during ice fishing. Since the office is closed during the winter, you must contact us more than a week in advance to purchase passes. Please leave a message with the office at 970-881-2175 or send your request by mail to PO Box 527. As for rules, the summer rules all apply, including possession limits (3 fish per lake for adults) and not keeping walleye at Apache under 17". If you are catching perch, you can keep as many as you like, but please do not return the perch to the lake. Finally, please wear your ice fishing badge or daily pass and member badge in a way that is visible to the patrolmen and other members. Also, place your name on the dashboard of your car so that when the patrolmen check, they know who you are. Have fun this winter!

Fall Wrap-up - The water levels in the lakes are excellent and have us in great shape for the winter. We had a very good fall fishing season, helped by the dry, cool weather and stocked all the lakes, including our biannual stocking of walleye in Apache. We appreciated everyone filling out the survey cards at Apache and Nokomis to help us gain insights about the fisheries. Specifically, the impact of perch and the trout growth rates; and looking at mitigation methods, walleye in Apache, and catch-and-release in Nokomis. For a more complete update on this year's fishing. See you next spring for another year of great fishing!

Shagwa - During 2018, we added some fish habitat structures to the bottom of the lake. We completed filling it in May and completed installation of the new aeration system in October. We stocked fathead minnows in June, and stocked crayfish in August. We'll stock the lake with fish and open it for fishing spring of 2019. More details and background information on Shagwa.

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