The DNR stocked our lake with 15,000 spring fingerling (about one inch in length) walleye fish on May 30th 2017. They have not done this for a few years or more as of budget dealings. They plan on stocking lakes in SW Michigan every two years, and ours should be stocked again in 2019.
Out of those 15,000 fingerlings 70-80% could not survive the first year, the second year is 40% of whats left could not survive. So after the first year we could lose 11,250 fish. For the second year we could have 3,750 fish left, and out that, 40% is 1500. So after two years according to the DNR we could be left with 2250 fish. The DNR's goal is 2 fish per acre. Lake of the Woods is approximately 300 acres in size so that puts their goal at 600 walleye. Hopefully we can have that larger number of 2250 walleye left in our lake after 2 years. They said this is somewhat all the same in lakes in SW Michigan. Our lakes in SW Michigan do not have the structure to support larger numbers of stocked walleye fish surviving. Happy fourth of July and see you in the boat parade. LOWIA
Below are some web links that explain what riparian rights are and also key holing / funneling. Since these issues have come up on our lake, hopefully this will give members a better understanding of these topics.
Below you will find information tied to the 2017 Steve's Raider Stomp. This years' event will be held the evening of June 30, 2017, starting at 6:00pm (MI time). The event this year will have live music along with food for all the participants (including hotdogs, chips and our extensive fruit selection as in years past). This is truly a top notch event and we hope you can join us for this fund raising event.
Please be aware that beginning at 5:30pm (MI time) and during the race, the roads traveled by the runners/walkers (primarily around the lake) will be closed.
Steve's Raider Stomp
The milfoil looked good and the starry stonewort was beginning to take off. PLM treated all that they could. The deq placed a restriction on the permit and designated two areas as "critical fish spawning areas" so they have to wait until July 1 before they can treat there. These areas are the bay at the Northwest part of the lake and the channel with the bridge to the island. Usually the restriction was June 15 but they changed it this year. PLM will be back out after July 1 to get these areas.
Watch the fireworks!
The best place to watch the fireworks is from your boat floating on the lake! They start just after sundown.