Topics: Conservation News

Washington club advocates for dock project

May 29, 2013

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Members of the Fire Creek Bassmasters are working on a major rebuild project on the boat ramp and facilities at Black Lake. Two club members wrote a letter of support to help the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife gain funding to begin construction. In addition, they wrote a 'want list,' which included all the features that would be ideal, such as bathrooms, parking, access for persons with disabilities, a ramp, and a dock for tying up as well as for fishing from the dock.

Fire Creek club cleans boat ramps

May 29, 2013

LACEY, Wash. — Members of Fire Creek Bassmasters cleaned up public boat ramps on two separate occasions in summer 2012. In the first cleanup on Lake St. Clair, five volunteers collected 22 pounds of trash and cleaned up 3/4 acre of habitat. In the second cleanup on Lake Hicks, six volunteers collected 15 pounds of trash and cleaned up 1 3/4 acres of habitat.

Aurora Bassmasters plant wild rice in Simcoe

May 29, 2013

GEORGINA ISLAND, Ontario — Wild rice has been extinct in Lake Simcoe since the 1930s. The Aurora Bassmasters have re-introduced the native plant to the fishery in order to provide good fry habitat. "The club partnered with several key stakeholders to undertake this project in 2012," explained Wil Wegman of the Aurora Bassmasters.

Canada club still monitoring tagged bass

May 29, 2013

AURORA, Ontario — Members of the Aurora Bassmasters are highlighting the club's five-year bass tagging project on Lake Simcoe through the use of web forums and press releases. "Although the five-year project is now officially over, tagged bass are still being caught," explained Aurora Bassmasters member Wil Wegman. "We're still letting anglers know what to do if they catch a tagged bass." The club also created and distributes "Catch and Call: You Can Help Us All" signs around Lake Simcoe about the bass tagging program.

Ontario helps recycle line

May 29, 2013

AURORA, Ontario — Members of the Aurora Bassmasters are taking part in the effort to transform discarded fishing into into fish habitat. The club raised $500 and contributed 18 man-hours to placing PVC pipe receptacles in several spots at shoreline fishing areas on Lake Simcoe. The receptacles are marked to encourage anglers to deposit their line waste there. "Used fishing line will be collected and sent to Berkley," said Wil Wegman of the Aurora Bassmasters. Berkley creates artificial habitat structures called Berkley Fish Habs from the recycled line.

Ontario club cleans up on Earth Day

May 29, 2013

Members of the Aurora Bassmasters filled 35 garbage bags along a 2 1/2-mile stretch of road during the annual Earth Day cleanup.

Canada club launches VHS education and awareness campaign

May 29, 2013

AURORA, Ontario — After two major die-offs occurred on Lake Simcoe because of viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS), members of Ontario's Aurora Bassmasters decided to educate area anglers about the disease.

Ontario's Scanlon Creek restored

May 29, 2013

AURORA, Ontario — The Aurora Bassmasters from the Ontario B.A.S.S. Nation worked to restore Scanlon Creek by planting native vegetation. "The club partnered with Ontario Streams and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority to adopt Scanlon Creek within the Conservation Area," said Wil Wegman of the Aurora Bassmasters. "The online pond was recently taken 'off-line' because of water quality issues and degraded habitat. The club began work in early spring 2012 and planted an assortment of native wetland plants, trees and shrubs.

Illinois volunteers clean up Round Lake

May 29, 2013

Anglers in Illinois dedicated 60 man-hours to dispose of hundreds of pounds of trash from Round Lake.

Bass vs. salmon: Can they not coexist?

May 24, 2013

This speech, which Noreen Clough presented at an American Fisheries Society meeting in Boise, Idaho, takes on Columbia River managers who want to remove bass regulations in order to protect salmon.