LAKE PUCKAWAY PROTECTION AND REHABILITATION DISTRICT
Mecan Town Hall
September 8, 2011 1:00 PM
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Melsack, at 1:10 PM.
The certification of the open meeting law was met.
District Commissioners in attendance were Phil Malsack (Chairman); Clayton Masters, Treasurer; Rich Pergande, Randy Schmidt and Paul Gettelman, Secretary, Absent: Roger Swanke , Margaret Whirry
Guests In attendance was Andrew Sabai, Lake Puckaway Coordinator; Ron Bruch, WDNR; Dave Bartz, WDNR; Ted Johnson, WDNR; Bob Olynyk, WDNR; Derek Kanavaugh, Green Lake County Land Conservation Dept. and Dave Paynter WDNR Retired
Secretary's Report: Suspended for this meeting
Treasurer’s Report: Suspended for this meeting
Special Meeting agenda—Carp management and other fisheries/Lake issues
Chairman Malsack gave a summary of the Lake Grant that we have and how it can be used with the carp management. He handed out pages 10 and 11 of a “Lake Puckaway Fishery Restoration project 1978-1992” by Jim Condon of the WDNR. Chairman Malsack summarized the report and the pounds of carp being removed either by seining or chemical treatment. Chairman Malsack said that our carp either come from down river or from the Grand River. If there are no little carp in the lake then the carp were coming from either one of these 2 spots. Ron Bruch noted that we need to understand the species better. We need to know where they come from and the year class there is and how long do they live. We need to do some very extensive studies of the carp to determine exactly what kind of impact we could have on the carp. He suggested that carp could be like sheephead and one specific year class could dominate a lake. Ron noted at this time there is no way they could determine how many pounds of carp per acre. Dave Bartz noted that pan fish may have more of an impact on the control of carp. Carp management is still something that needs to be addressed in addition to water level and aquatic vegetation. Ron noted that we need to study the carp, size, age and other particulars to determine what is needed to control the carp in the lake. Without having carp being taking out the last couple of years and now having the carp removed via commercial fisherman for a couple of years and then do another sample in a couple of years, this would note if the mortality rate has dropped if not then more carp would need to be removed. (Steeper the slope, the faster the mortality rate. the better). Ron noted that the sonic tagging would identify the stock ( are they resident fish or not, if the fish show that they are going up the Grand River then they are spawning up there, if not then they are spawning in the lake). By doing the stock size, we may get a mixture of the fish that either stay in the lake and some that go to other location. Ron is suggesting that we do 20 tags in the fall and 20 in the spring in the carp. They noted that of the 30 sonic tagged walleye in Eurka, 10 came up to Puckaway and one went to Montello. One goal that Ron has is for the sturgeon to migrate up to the Montello River, but there would need to be a fixed crest dam put in at Princeton. If a fixed crest dam was put in a water control structure (the lock channel) would need to be maintained.
The LPPRD would purchase the 40-10 year sonic tags for the carp and 1 receiver. The WDNR would purchase a second receiver. The receivers would be put one in the Grand River and one by the old Grand River Dam in the Fox River. This type of study of carp is being done on 2 other lakes and all will be put together to see how the carp are doing and then compare the results. The tags and receiver being purchased by the LPPRD would be through the Grant money that is allocated. The carp study is to learn more about the carp and their movement and life style.
It was noted that next spring when the WDNR is doing the netting for Northerns that we will take 20 of these and put in sonic tags to track their movement. This fits in with the walleye and carp studies of tracking.
A general discussion was held regarding the walleye hatchery and the modifications made for next year.
Comm. Masters explained what is needed for adding 4 more buoys and where they will go.
Comm. Schmidt moved to adjourn the meeting. 2nd by Comm. Pergande. Motion Passed. The meeting was adjourned at 3:23 PM
Paul Gettelman, Secretary
Documents to accompany the minutes in the official record:
Walleye Sonic tagging reports for the 20 walleye that were tagged in Lake Puckaway and the 30 tagged at Eurka