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otterslayer last won the day on September 27 2016

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  1. Getting away from trout and more on the subject of water conservation. I was wondering if anyone ever fished Island lake over a period of time . I was told about water levels in the lake from people who have a cottage on the spot and grew up out there over 40 years .The water has dropped 25 ft over this time. Since I was taken to the place I have been returning to fish and have seen this drop in level for 10 years. Its a loss of 6 " a year and weather doesnt seem to make a difference. The locals with cottages told me the lake had natural artisans or springs. I hunted around the area and found 2 deactivated gas wells. My question is did the gas wells go dry and is the water from the aquifer now flowing down into the once natural gas pressurized caverns in the earth ? I worked for RJV gasfield services as a pressure vessel welder and what I did is make water separators for a lot of gas wells. I was informed that natural gas was full of water. Im wondering if the gas was forcing water up to the surface through artisans in glacial till as the area has a few eskers. The aquifer being no were as deep or as pressurized as natural gas were else would ground water go? If we can frac shale to get gas out of it, can we if its a solution plug such caverns with something my guess expanding foam to redirect water in the ground back to the surface? Is reality more like we cant find the place of water escapement to a place other than through artisans to the surface? Can a water well be drilled near the lake to give the aquifer an easier route to the surface and reverse this steady drop in the lakes level? Bass were planted in the lake years ago,and was there some kind of environmental impact study conducted? Did this study include anything about hydrology?if included? As the lake level continues to drop, places were pike would spawn on happy salad carpets are high and dry and the current lake bottom is mud and silt in the remaining shallows instead of once productive spawning beds. Does anyone know if this is Island lakes problem?
  2. thanks and sorry if my content is inappropriate for this category. job was a real 2 year eye opener to the resource with its ups and downs and predator control [otters and bears] is part of that and both these animals have won my respect through experience and education as with fish of all species. I also like the policy... ORR.... observe, record, report, for an activity, over inviting more people to the sport but groups like TUC with such great ethics should continue to inspire and coexist with industry and other user groups.
  3. hi to Peter SL If your wondering what the term Otterslayer comes from. When I was a employed at the Conuma river facility west coast Vancouver island . This is a camp/ isolated type of fish hatchery. As a volunteer I set traps and ride the place of several of the traumatizing intruders and with millions of salmon fry being so concentrated in rearing ponds stress could contribute to mass casualties.They were large animals approx. 20 lbs. One I chased out with a pike pole, they would come around on certain stages of the moon, weather and river water levels were also a contributing factor. Bears were into the Steel head fry one morning at 4;30 AM, heard the stand pipe drain being knocked around from my room. Come 7;30 I took a walk and saw the fry all pressed against the screen . I replaced the plug and proceeded on with my day. I can remember a condo full of Steel head brood stock ripening up for egg take and noticing no water running from the drain ,a quick adjusting of the water supply valve released a glut of previous fall seasons leaves that had disrupted water flow. The Conuma is now part of whats known as a gene pool reserve for species of concern. AND YES I COUNTED 1 OTTER , I OSPREY and 2 LOONS as well at Dolberg.....hope that beaver likes the dam its got there. get this ...... last summer at Dolberg myself and a few locals had to tell some Asian family they had to pour the cooler full of dip netted minnows back into the lake. assuring them were not the game wardens with warning, should they catch them. thankyou
  4. It was May 7 and I was on a fishing trip at Dolberg lake in Alberta near town of Barrhead. As I drifted around south side of the lake I saw what I thought was a dead head but when I put in for a stretch I discovered the dead head was actually a bloated dead beaver floating in the shallows .Not a pleasant sight and my thoughts were maybe it died in a fight or got sick . I decided to find a better spot to put in and went down the lake some 65yds past a very large beaver lodge and found an acceptable spot. Getting closer to the shore what did I see but another dead bloated beaver floating there just like the first one. Quietly and as softly as a warm summer breeze it became obvious that these two animals may have been killed and left to rot at the hands of a very wasteful and ignorant idiot. My first thought was were they destroyed by an incompetent guide or angler because they slapped their tail possibly scaring a fish ,but then a more demoralized thought creped up on me which was the foot stomping revenge of a outdoor gorilla pot farming enthusiast out to say screw you to the great environs beavers are. I counted a growing population of 4 beavers out on the lake, up 2 from the previous year and new lodges being built, now there is only 1 beaver out there. The water level of the lake is supported by the beavers as they maintain a series of dams in the outlet stream, first holding level is 3 to 4ft deep from my observation. Without such an structures and their integrity being attended to by the beaver population this lake and all it provides for is in peril. A change to the water level might prove detrimental to the productive happy salad beds that host such food production and rapid growth rates in the eco system it is. This lake produces the finest of rainbow trout that I have caught up to 6 lbs , and fish upwards of 8 lbs have been bragged about . There is a community campsite at the spot and such a loss of this resource will have an impact on more than what meets the eye. Conservation officer has been informed. HEY WATCH OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND LEAVE THE BEAVERS ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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