FISHING QUALITY & WILDLIFE

CHAIR | TERRY MOTLEY

To monitor the lake fishery and do those things that are in the best interest of keeping Long, Mickey and Ruth lakes quality fishing lakes. The Board of Directors must approve all plans or projects.

LOON MANAGEMENT UPDATE 2020

2020 was another strong year for the loon population on Long Lake. Between the resident loons and migrating groups, there were often 15-25 birds on the lake every day.

Five of the six nesting sites were active last spring resulting
in 9 eggs laid and 3 juvenile loons leaving the lake in the fall. With an early spring this year, we are looking forward to a very successful nesting season in 2021.

Please remember to stay outside of the buoy markers or at least 200ft from the nesting sites.

As a team, we can support each other, share information/resources, increase awareness and help sustain and grow the loon population on our lakes.
Thank you for your help,
Terry Motley

LOON NESTING AREAS

Gingerwood Dr. Nesting Site
Kendra Balderach

Birchwood Cove ANI
Perry Tiernan

Brush Island Nesting Site
Rondi Fry – Watcher

Ruth Lake ANI
Theresa Boudjali – Loon Ranger – Ruth Lake

Mickey Lake ANI
Len Klein
Pug Rundeo
Lois Feichenbener

Fox Island
Terry Motley – Loon Ranger – Long Lake

LOON ALERT

Common Loons (Gavia Immer) are integral to the Long Lake waterscape and who hasn’t been thrilled by their haunting trills, particularly at sunrise or evening twilight?

“Binocular range” is considered a safe distance for viewing and enjoying these colorful waterfowl. If a Loon is observed flapping its wings wildly and dancing across the water, you’re too close. Any such disturbance can cause an adult bird to desert its nest, resulting in a loss of its young.

Lake users should also be aware that it’s against state and federal laws to bother or harass Loons or other protected wildlife.

These simple procedures should be observed when sharing the lake with Loons:

  • When boating, protect Loons and their chicks by not chasing them.
  • Always steer away from Loon family flocks.
  • If you suspect Loons are nesting in an area, leave them alone.

DUCKS, SWANS AND GEESE

Though cute and irresistible, these waterfowl play a key role in the life cycle of any parasite that causes “swimmer’s itch.”

By discouraging unnaturally large waterfowl populations in our lakes, the occurrence of this troublesome skin irritation can be reduced. (See Cercariae Cycle Diagram.)

As inhabitants of our lake community, these waterfowl feed on plants and other aquatic organisms. In turn, they eat the plants and remove a portion of the plants’ nutrients. When excreted, these nutrients support new plant growth. This is a natural cycle. However, when well-intentioned individuals feed waterfowl their numbers increase, and additional nutrients enter our lakes. This process, in turn, increases the swimmer’s itch problem.

FISH

The results from the DNR fish survey, which was completed in 2017, are expected to be published this spring. The completed document will be added to the LLA website when it is available.

Long Lake continues to boast some of the best walleye fishing in northern Michigan with many limits of catches reported in the spring, summer, and fall. Anglers also do well very well fishing for bass, perch, and bluegill on the lake.

NUISANCE WILDLIFE

As of late our riparian have been experiencing property damage by muskrats and beavers.  Below we have listed some links explaining damage prevention and control methods.  Please take a minute to read through this information before venturing out on your own to try an control the situation.
Beavers
Muskrats
Wildlife Permits