On October 23, 2017 the Quiet Lakes Improvement Association was pleased to receive 6,544 large, healthy walleye fingerlings (5/acre) for stocking into Lost Land Lake. This event culminated a week of frantic arrangements prompted by the realization that 3.5-inch walleyes stocked by WDNR in August had all but disappeared by the time of WDNR’s electrofishing survey on September 19. (These fish had been stocked at a much smaller size and earlier date than planned due to supply-chain problems with feed minnows at WDNR’s hatchery in Spooner.) To maintain restoration momentum and keep Lost Land a valid study site for WDNR’s multi-lake stocking evaluation (6- to 8-inch fish every other fall at 5/acre), private partners pooled their resources and bought these expensive fish ($1.80 each) from a private source at a total cost of $11,779. Teal Lake had already received its planned stocking of extended-growth (EG) walleyes (10/acre) from WDNR on September 21 and 22, thanks in no small part to the facilitation of access and direct assistance provided by Victoria Ross of Ross’ Teal Lake Rentals.
WDNR’s Sawyer County Fishery Management Biologist Max Wolter was instrumental in securing WDNR Fisheries program approval and expediting issuance of the required permit for this private fish stocking on very short notice. In mid October, there was no guarantee that any significant number of EG walleyes would still be available from a reputable dealer with certified, disease-free fish. But Tim Gollon of Gollon Bait and Fish Farm in Dodgeville, Wisconsin bent over backward to accommodate our last-minute request. Total project cost was stretching our Association’s budget to the limit, but offers of financial support from Walleyes for Northwest Wisconsin ($2,500) and the Quiet Lakes Tourism Association ($1,500) on VERY short notice got us “over the hump” and made this emergency stocking possible. Visit our “Links” page under the “About” tab to learn more about these great organizations.
QLIA Website Photo Editor Bryan Neuswanger of Keenai Photography was on hand to chronicle the stocking event through the lens of his Nikon D5200 camera. The walleyes were released at WDNR’s public boat ramp located on a lot leased from the Township of Spider Lake on the west side of Landing Camp Bay.