|Winter||Ice fishing is open on Ramona and Apache from Dec until March, safe ice permitting|
|Nov - April||Office is closed, leave a message at 970-881-2175 and we'll return your call within a week|
- Ice Fishermen - buy your passes well in advance of your needs, we're only processing requests by mail
- Dues for 2023 will increase, see below for more information
Ice Fishing - is open on Ramona and Apache from early-December to mid-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 strongly 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 individual ice fishing season pass for $80 through December or $90 starting January 1. Or a single day ice fishing pass for $20 through December or $25 starting January 1. 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, 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 and mobile phone number on the dashboard of your car so that when the patrolmen check, they know who you are. Have fun this winter!
Water Status - We wrapped up the year in fairly good shape for winter storage at all our lakes except Erie. You'll see Hiawatha is down considerably due to filling the lower lower lakes this fall. It'll take an above average spring runoff this next year to fill the lakes.Fall Fishing Wrap-up - This fall's nice weather allowed members to enjoy some great fishing. We stocked all the lakes except Shagwa, Erie, and Nokomis in September. We were unable to do our bi-annual stocking of walleye in Apache due to supply issues. However, we stocked an extra load of catchables and trophies in Apache this fall. We stocked a few brook trout in Nokomis. However, we were never able to procure Browns this year, but we're pursuing a source for next year. We are looking at how to better contain the explosion of perch at Nokomis, we'll work this winter on a mitigation plan with our fish biologist.
Boat Cleanup - We removed 5 boats from the lakes at the end of fishing season. Only one of the boats were properly stickered. If you forgot to remove your boat, you can arrange with the office for a time to come to our boat yard and identify it and bail it out for $200 + $5 boat registration. Next year we'll do a sealed bid sale of the boats we've accumulated over the past few years, look for more details this spring. We want to thank everyone who removed their boats this year, this was the fewest boats we've ever had to deal with at the end of the year.
Dues Increase - The stockholders approved a ~14% dues increase effective for the 2023 calendar fishing season. Initiated memberships will increase $60/year, uninitiated $100/year, and day passes by $5. This is our first dues increase in 5 years, which during that time saw inflation increase by ~19% and fishing costs increase by 22%. We're also increasing ice fishing to $90/year and ice fishing day passes by $5, the ice fishing prices are effective January 1st. There were no increases for child/grandchild permits or child guest passes. For those paying 2023 dues before our newsletter comes out, please use this 2023 dues sheet.Fall Projects - We completed a number of small maintenace projects this fall - another round of work on the upper and lower Bellaire ditches, upper Mitchell ditch and road work, the Hiawatha fish trap, removing all the old fish feeder stands at Papoose and Sam's pond, repairing both sheds, road work going into Erie and along the Snake ditch, and cleaning out the toe drains at all the lakes.