Become a member and get involved in the Fish & Royer Lakes Association. Here's the form to join
A changing of the guard, so to speak
The following officers were elected to two year terms at the August General Meeting:
President: Dave Arrington
Vice President: Doug Bowlby
Treasurer: Norine Doig
Secretary: Helmuth Massat
Thanks to Joe Albergo, Dick Krull, Carol Massat, and all the others for their service as an officer of the association over the years.
A special thanks to Carol Massat
Carol Massat has just sent me her last newsletter, Summer 2013. Due to the demands of her many positions at IU South Bend it was time to step down as a board member and newsletter editor.
So, thanks Carol. I, as a non-resident, appreciated the newsletter as a way to stay informed of what was going on around the lakes. Hopefully someone will volunteer to keep it going.
If you are wondering why some people have interesting expressions it is probably because they were being directed through Dave's "cool down station"/toon wash. Check them out here. There are some great shots!
The Spring 2013 Newsletter has been posted. Thanks Carol! Download
Be sure to read it as it has updates about meetings through August, a request for help with the hog roast, information about our continued pursuit to get natural gas to our lakes, and more.
The 3000 plus 10 C. Catfish 6/8" have been stocked. This happened 3/19/2013. The cost with mileage was $3186.75. The good news is the previous supplier is back, he was sick last year. Dave got the fish from him, Laggis Fish Farm, Inc.
Many thanks to Dave Arrington for all his work on this.
The 2012 scholarship was divided between Charles Gawle and Caitlin Melargni. Each received a $125 scholarship. Congratulations to the awardees! The deadline for 2013 applications is Wednesday, May 1st, 2013. The topic of the essay will be “What should be the duties of a lake association?” Applications will be made available on the website (here) or from firstname.lastname@example.org. The scholarship amount is $250. This was voted on and approved by the general membership at the August 2013 general meeting. Applicants can include a lake association member or lake association family member (child/grandchild). Dues must be current. Applicants can be any post-secondary student, including college students, trade school students, cosmetology students, etc. If you have questions, please ask email@example.com. Please mail or email applications to TJ Hemlinger at 2270 S. 460 E., Lagrange, IN 46761
This could be the official Fish & Royer Lakes theme song:
Read the board meeting notes!
All residents should read Carol's March Board Meeting Notes to review Rex Prangers presentation about easements. It is here Many items were covered including easements, piers, camping, seawalls, grass height and more.
The books are beautiful and are only $10. Many thanks to Pam Deetz for this wonderful contribution to our lake community. Cookbooks are hard covers with photos of our lakes, tips, and fantastic recipes.
Contact Pam at PDeetz@hotmail.com, 219-878-6953 or stop by (1350 S 525 E, Fish Lake- just south of the public landing) to get yours!
Watershed Management Plan for the Pigeon River Drainage by David Arrington, Ph.D.
I thought I would take minute to pass on some information. First, last November my company began a four year project on developing a Watershed Management Plan for the Pigeon River Drainage. Our lakes are part of that system. My team began a detailed water testing program that includes sampling all the inlets and outlet for Fish and Royer Lake. Although we are in the infancy in the testing program, preliminary results show we have a problem with nutrient flow from the surrounding agriculture lands. Over the next year all those sources will be identified and prioritized for implementation of Best Management Practice installations to correct the problem. But I want to stress the implementation phase takes time and there will be a time lag between installation and water quality improvement. The lakes are in pretty good shape but we will make them better. I’d like to present the project at the June meeting if the board finds it appropriate.
Second, is the fish stocking program. I still see that someone is pushing to continue stocking smallmouth. The experimental stocking accomplished several years ago has proven to be a failure, which is no surprise to our local fisheries biologists. When we did the initial stocking we were given a very slim chance of success due to the competition of other predators in the lakes, bottom structure, and lack of other necessary habitat. In short, smallmouth will not thrive in our lakes. Continuing down that path will simply waste stocking funds. Believe me, I’d love to see smallmouth established but the science says it will not happen.
Anyway, if anyone has any questions concerning the plan development, water quality, or fish stocking I invite you to contact me. I’m a hardcore scientist and I love to talk about my work.
David Arrington, Ph.D.
Natural Resource Scientist
The aerial photos are in, and they are awesome! The photos were taken on a beautiful fall day with many of the trees around the lake in full color. If you haven't ordered yet, here is how you can get yours:
Browse through the pictures and decide which ones you want to purchase. We will need the numbers of the photos.
2) 11" x 14" photos = $40.00
Includes 1) aerial photo from 3000 feet above ground level of Fish and Royer Lakes and 1) photo of your choice
Additional 11" x 14" photos = $25.00
20" x 30" Framed Photo $75.00
Pay by check by completing this form and mailing it to:
Fish & Royer Lakes Association
5070 E 100 S
Lagrange IN 46761