May 4, 2019 will mark the date for LECTU’s Annual Spring Outing. We will be holding our Outing at Riverbend Park, 511 East Warren St, Middlebury, Indiana. Admission begins at 8:00 am and is once again free to all attending. We are extending an open invitation to all our membership as well as to our “friends” from neighboring trout and fly fishing clubs. Members are welcome to bring friends and family along, members or not.

This year’s featured guest speaker is Mark Luttenton. He is the Associate Dean of the Graduate School, professor of biology, and research associate at the Annis Water Resources Institute, Grand Valley State University. During his nearly 30 years at GVSU, he has conducted research on fish, aquatic insects, clams, zooplankton, phytoplankton, and benthic algae. His research has included examining the impacts of invasive species, community metabolism, stream food webs, salmonid population genetics, juvenile steelhead survival in the Muskegon River, trout movement, trout bioenergetics, and algal diversity in freshwater ponds in the Bahamas. More recently, Dr. Luttenton’s research has focused on population dynamics of the parasite causing swimmer’s itch, impacts of New Zealand mud snails on stream communities, factors that influence whirling disease in salmonids, and aquatic fungi as a source of compounds to treat pediatric cancers. Dr. Luttenton has received the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Educator Award, the Everson Conservation Professional Award from the Schrems West Michigan Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the President’s Award from the Anglers of the Au Sable, and the Brown Trout Award for conservation from the Mason-Griffith Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Mark will present his findings from a large-scale study of trout movement and habitat use in the Au Sable River. Using radio telemetry, Mark’s group tracked more than 50 trout over two years to determine their daily and seasonal movements, and the types of habitat trout prefer.

 

At noon we will once again hold a cookout style luncheon. For a $5 donation, you can enjoy a sandwich and all the fixings prepared by our resident chef Bill Myers and his crew. After lunch, we will hold a relaxed fundraising event of raffles and a silent auction. We will raffle off Orvis H3F rod and reel. There will be a variety of items available to choose from in the raffle and silent auction like custom rods and guided fishing trips to fly boxes and so on. The list of items is growing as our donations and purchases are ongoing.

* The Annual Spring Outing is an outdoor rain or shine event. Please dress appropriately. We have experienced everything from bright sunshine and hot to cold and rainy. Remember you can always take a layer off. Early May can be surprisingly cool. The Trout Fishing Technique Clinic will be held in the stream, attendees will be bankside. The trails along the stream may be soft and muddy in May.

** LECTU only accepts checks and cash for the fundraising event. Please plan accordingly.

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