Currently trying to find out the numbers. Since there is a direct relationship between perch and walleye, you will find that one year perch numbers are up and walleye numbers are down then the reverse will be true.
The lake is not a good breeding lake for walleye, small mouth, because lack of shelving due to the deepness
Since the lake has a granite base, that causes it not to be as healthy for the plants that the fish can feed on. The problem is with the granite the plant nutrient is poor so less fish. A suggestion of increasing the lime would not work because of the overall size of the lake.
Rock Bass are overpopulated and are not allowing other fish to get larger.
The quality of our lake is clean but base is not conducive for fish life. The stocking does not take hold well since fish don't have places to hide and mature. No branches, trees have fallen into the lake to create shelter. Since the lake is populated, the coves etc might be more conducive to hiding for the fish.
Create either man made or natural cribs for the fish to hide and mature. (These can be made of branches or wooden structures that are sunk to about a 20’ bottom.) We do have some in our lake already and are locating a map of where they used to be.
Have a Rock Bass Contest. Do not catch and release them because that does not help the fishing overall. (can be used for fertilizer) The contest can be something that people will win if they bring in the most during a set amount of time. NEED A VOLUNTEER TO HEAD THIS UP
What can we do to help our lake?
Create Fish shelters. The purpose of a fish shelter is to provide a place for some small fish to escape predation and attract fish for anglers. Some small (forage) fish must be availalbe for game fish such as bass and catfish to eat, but some small fish must also live to sustain the forage fish’s population in your lake.
Offer a Rock Bass competition to limit the amount of rock bass in our lake. We need someone who would like to help organize this. Any takers? Ideas?