Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Long Lake Needs Your Help: Increase your knowledge of Long Lake!

Below are Additional Ways You and Your Family
May Help Preserve and Protect Your Long Lake


Long Lake “Eyes on the Water” Early Detection for Aquatic Invasive Species Program Needs:   

People who can use their boats to troll their section of the lake for a couple of hours twice a summer (mid-June & August). You will be looking at aquatic vegetation in the shallow areas for suspicious vegetation to sample.  You simply peer into the water with polarized sunglasses on a calm day as you troll the vegetated area of the lake. Resource guides will be provided for comparison purposes. The goal of early detection of invasive species is to help LLAA to respond to problems areas while they are small.

There is an opportunity to be trained at one of the two training sessions planned for 6/18 or else 8/6/2020 at 10 AM, or at your convenience if neither training date works for you.  We will follow social distancing guidelines; you provide your own mask and gloves.

If this sounds interesting and/or if you have more questions, provide your contact information for to LLAA AIS detection team.  It is key to find invasive species early before they spread.

Be a Part of our Eyes on the Water Early Detection Program.
Email:  sharonmnatzel@gmail.com

Neighborhood Docks Needed as Host Sites to Hang 10” PVC pipe for Zebra Mussel Early Detection.
Do you have room under your dock to hang a 10” (or 24") white PVC pipe called a Zebra Mussel Settlement Sampler (ZMSS)?

Hang it about a foot off the bottom of the lake this summer in a shady area.  The ZMSS will help with early detection of zebra mussel invaders.  We would like to have these placed all around the lake for early detection coverage.  A Free 10" X 4" ZMSS will be provided for you to hang under your dock. email: sharonmnatzel@gmail.com.

You can begin checking it in August every couple weeks for tiny zebra mussels.  You can report on it electronically each autumn.  If you already have a ZMSS please put it out. For more information on tips and techniques for monitoring for AIS, check out this link:  http://www.hubbardcolamn.org/uploads/3/4/5/6/34563649/protocols_for_ais_lake_monitoring.pdf

Report new infestations
If you suspect a new infestation of an aquatic invasive plant or animal, note the exact location, take a photo or keep the specimen, and call the AIS specialist in your region.
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/ais/contacts.html

Monday, April 27, 2020

It's official! Ice out for Long Lake 2020, Sunday, April 26th.

At last!  All of our spotters have confirmed that Long Lake is ice free.
The Ice Out date for Long Lake in Hubbard county in 2020 is officially April 26.

Photo by Linda LK Johnson
We had 91 people submit guesses for the date of Ice Out this year. Just two people, Joy Derr and Katy Howe, picked the right ice out date. Congratulations to them both!  They get bragging rights and everyone who entered the contest will be part of a drawing for the prize quilt donated by Monika's Quilt and Yarn Shop. The drawing will be held at our Annual Meeting.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

A Revised Invitation: Drive Through Planting Demonstration

This information has been revised due to updated COVID-19 guidelines

Important!

Drive Through Only! At the South Access on Long Lake in Hubbard, MN. 
Revised – Monday 5/4/2020 – an Outdoor “Drive Through” Open House .  Observe a planting demonstration from your carThe demonstrator will use a mask and gloves.  Wear yours too!
 
On Monday 5/4: Rain or Shine between 2 to 4 PM at the Long Lake South Public Access in Hubbard, MN
 
Observe a Planting Demonstration and then Do Your Own Planting to Practice What You Learned with a Redoiser Dogwood Bush (while supplies last / one per family). This plant will help prevent runoff and erosion at your shoreline and is colorful in the winter too! 
 
Social Distancing will be practiced as part of the drive through demonstration. A mask and gloves will be utilized by the demonstrator. Wear your mask too please.
 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Nolan's Big Catch - Summer 2019

One sunny, late July afternoon we decided to head up to Breezy Point.  It’s a short boat ride, since it’s only about 10-15 cottages north of us.  When we arrived we beached the boat where Mom decided to read, while “The Guys” fished.  As you know, it’s very shallow and weedy in spots - perfect hiding for fish.  We eventually ran out of crawlers so we debated between lures or clams, which we eventually decided to use on a standard Eagle Claw hook. 

While the minnows were nibbling our toes, we saw a lot of action, pulling out several perch, rock bass, bluegill, and some smaller smallmouth bass.  Before I knew it, I had a big boy on!  Just days prior, I had a huge largemouth bass break free about five feet from shore.  Today, I wasn’t gonna lose another one so I decided to keep the rod and line close to the bottom instead of reeling fast and pulling hard.  Finally it came to the surface and just as it hit the sand it broke free.  I scrambled to corral it by building a wall of sand.  Eventually I got a handle on it.  Here’s a picture of my brother, Liam, and I.  FYI, we released it.  Hopefully someone else will have an opportunity to catch it as well.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Liam’s Big Catch - Summer 2017

From time to time we receive pictures of Long Lake kids and their fishing stories. We post them as we can.. (LongLakeLiving website managers)

Liam's Fish Story:
Every summer we go to my cottage - The Bluebird.  It’s been in my family for ninety years.

On our first day, not long after arriving, we headed out on to the lake.  It was early evening and the weather was windy and cool for late July.  We motored south of Breezy Point along Chippewa Loop where I decided it was a good place to shut her down and drift.  That day I decided to use some type of plug lure with a nightcrawler.  I dropped my line into the water.  We weren’t there for very long before I got a bite.  I started reeling it in even though Mom said, “You don’t have a fish on - so just stop!”.  But I knew better!  After a minute or two, without putting up much of a fight, I pulled in a walleye about half my size.  I was only five years old at the time.  Here’s a picture of me with my big catch.


From Liam's dad.  He'll someday be the sixth generation to own our cottage, and he, as I, loves Long Lake and the time spent there - regardless of the 15 hours it takes to arrive!