|Winter||Ice fishing on Ramona and Apache is open from mid-December through early March, safe ice permitting|
Fall Wrap-up - we had wonderful fall weather and excellent fishing! We completed our usual fall stocking of fish in all the lakes, including our biannual stocking of walleye in Apache. We ran water to the lower lakes in preparation for winter and water levels are in good shape at all the lakes. We certainly benefited by being able to run a small flow of water to several of the lakes in July/August.
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. It is good to fish with a buddy or around others, especially on Apache because the ice is not visible from nearby traffic. See page 2 of this brochure for more ice fishing safety tips. Ice fishing is open to members who either buy an ice fishing season pass for $50 or a daily ice fishing pass for $10. 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 two days 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!
Shagwa - this fall we initiated a hydrology study of the area around Shagwa. We retained the Farnsworth Group with the objective to to understand more about how the water and effluent are moving underground. Additionally, we'll incorporate the water quality sampling data Aquatics Associates collected over the summer. Most important to the success of this study has been working with the property owners around Shagwa, to understand more about their water/sewer solution and the quality of their well water. This winter we expect to make recommendations for next steps (be it more focused study work, mitigation steps, etc.). More details and background information on Shagwa.