This past weekend saw anglers in large numbers descend on area lakes.
Twin Lakes was the place to be for walleyes this weekend. Several anglers produced walleyes in the mid 20” size range. A 24” walleye was harvested from the boat ramp dock.
Cottonwood lake saw less quality walleyes taken but more northern action. Several northern’s were in the 28-30” range.
As the weather warms the water up and the aquatic vegetation begins to increase the tactics for area fishing will need to be refocused.
The Cottonwood lake association will begin testing the lake water each month. The testing known as Lake Index Monitoring involves observing, measuring, and recording environmental data as well as collecting water samples. Lake Index monitoring is done away from the shoreline, and therefore requires the use of a boat, canoe, or kayak. Environmental data that is recorded is the same as those recorded by Baseline Monitors and includes parameters such as air & water temperature, wind conditions, wildlife presence, Secchi depth (measures water clarity), and an overall perception of the condition of the water body. During each sampling event, two water samples are collected and sent to the State Health Lab in Pierre for analysis. Parameters such as, ammonia, nitrates, total Kjeldahl nitrogen, and total phosphorous are analyzed. Bacteria and e-coli levels are also measured. Four different locations will be sampled once a month between April and October.For the complete article see the 06-19-2013 issue.
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