Monday, August 30, 2010
Gettin’ dirty at the Projects
Aside from the lake adoption and favorite fishing hole cleanups, I also like to get down and dirty volunteering for projects (if they are not too far to travel and they somehow fit into my fishing schedule). A private lake membership that controls a lake outside of Longmont had a call for volunteers at their lake that was drained in 2009. Currently the water issues have been settled and the lake is getting filled back up with water and fish. Now is the perfect time to get in there and do a few projects. The projects were few but laborious and very close to muddy edge. There was a structure project and a dock-rebuilding project to go along with their usual cleanup and seasonal maintenance.
Repair the Dock
Weather in Colorado can be a constant barrage of wind, rain, snow and dry heat. These elements combined take a huge toll on everything from picnic benches to outhouses. The dock was showing signs of this weather and in desperate need of repair. The bottom boards were deteriorating quite a bit. These were replaced along with some new Styrofoam pieces as well as switching out a few rusty bolts.
Originally this lake was little more than a big hole of dirt filled with water for irrigation. When Foothills took over the recreation lease the first thing they started doing was improving structure and water quality. Water quality has been increased by the addition of rock and sand to the mud\dirt base helping control erosion. Elements such as larger rocks, brick and tires are also added for fish structure. This structure gives an area for creatures and smaller fish to congregate. This will also aid and attract larger predator fish as a result.
Wired and bolted together, these tires were then anchored down with bricks so they would not end up on shore after a few months of heavy wind. The members say they run their sonar over the already existing structure in the spring and see numbers of fish as opposed to sporadic fish here and there across the incline.
Tire disclaimer: I feel it prudent to state that tires are not my favorite type of structure to use. Even though a lot of great fishing spots have been using tires for nearly a century without any issues, I prefer to use strictly natural elements to avoid any possible chemical contamination regardless of how small. It is my belief that tires can exude toxic chemicals as they degrade or have toxic chemicals sprayed on them such as “fix a flat” or others. These toxic levels are often very minor. We are talking parts per million at best but 100% natural means less possible problems. I am a bit of a purist in this regard, hence the disclaimer.
The lake is in rebuilding mode right now and the fishing won’t be fantastic for a few more years. They have stocked some trout and a few small warmwater species. Hopefully these fish become healthy in time. These members and others volunteer to help out to make things better. They don’t control Mother Nature or ditch companies but do what they can when they can. A little goes a long ways and hopefully all of this effort pays back for these folks in years to come. I got pretty dirty and learned a great deal in the process. Met a lot of really cool people and took one more step forward in regards to making fishing better in Colorado.
Good luck and Good Fishing.
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