Mike Beachy, Don Fiwek, Leonard Gustin, Bob Roth, Jim Phillips, Pete Lehman, Lee Troyer, Court Walker, Chris Miller, Wayne Andrews, Cameron
The minutes from the April meeting were approved.
There are lots of fish being caught. The rainbows that the state stocked this year are exceptionally large.
Don reported a balance of $10,300. The spring outing netted $2,400 – $2,800.
Spring Outing Wrap-up
This year’s event was attended by more than 70 individuals. The access tour and the fly casting were extremely popular. There was a mention that the raffle drawing tended to drag toward the end. It was suggested that some of the smaller items could be bundled in zip locks in order to speed up the process.
The fly tyer from Montana was not able to make it due to an accident. Andy Kitson filled in for him.
The silent auction netted approximately $1,000.
The Adopt-A-Trout raffle netted $1,283.
The table raffle netted $920.
Mike reported that the KOA will be selling our river access guide. They will reimburse us $3 per each.
Mike stated that we donated 3 T-shirts and an LL Bean outfit to the Riverfest.
There was some confusion as to whether we needed passes for the Schwartz property this year. Lee stated that he had spoken with Phillip who said that they are considering putting up signs instead. Lee offered LECTU to take the lead on getting the signs in place. Lee will check with both Phillip and John Schwartz.
Beginner Fly Fishing Class
There are 9 signed up with 1 maybe. Charlie prefers to hold two separate 2-hour classes with a 15 minute break between the 2 classes. The class will be June 8 at Riverbend Park and the first class will start at 8:30 or 9:00.
August 10th Activities
On August 10th, there will be a spey and switch rod casting clinic at Shamrock Park on the St. Joe in Berrien Springs. They would like LECTU to participate with a booth. Since this conflicts with the Middlebury Youth Fishing day, we will have a couple of members at Shamrock Park but not have a booth.
Brown Trout Stocking
Lee reported that the trout will be here Friday morning, May 10th. The hatchery truck will meet us at McDonalds at 8:00 AM. The stocking plan is to stock at 4 locations including CR 43, Wilbur’s meadow, Hoover’s farm and the well field. Each location will get 100 trout except Wilbur’s meadow will get 200. Volunteers to help with the stocking are to bring clean 5 gallon buckets.
Jim Phillips suggested that we tail punch approximately 50 fish so that we can see if they hang around. There was concern that this would stress the trout as they had just bounced down the road for several hours and are being dumped into a new environment.
Chestnut Lamprey Project
Trevor Nunamaker is taking water temps for Dar Deegan.
Riverbend Habitat Project
Joe Mitchell had stated that he wanted to start work on the project mid-May but had not set any firm dates yet.
Stream Wrok Dates
Our work dates this year are June 22, July 13, July 27 and August 24. Meet at Riverbend Park at 8:00 AM with old waders and gloves and prepare to get dirty.
Next Meeting –June 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library.
Lee Troyer – Secretary