TROUT CLUB UPDATE
Firstly, please remember to mark your calendar for 7.00pm Tuesday, March 8th. There will be a short business update followed by our guest speaker for the evening, Kenton Neufeld. Kenton is a Senior Fisheries Biologist with Environment and Parks and a specialist in native trout recovery. This promises to be a very interesting meeting, especially for those who occasionally fish the east slopes.
The title for my talk will be “The unique Lake Trout of Swan Lake Alberta”.
I’ll give a brief update on some fisheries management items from Rocky Mountain House and Spruce Grove (Stephen Spencer will be providing me with a couple slides for the Spruce Grove content) and then I’ll provide an in-depth look at the Lake Trout population in Swan Lake, Alberta. This small Lake Trout population has several very unique features and lives in a lake vastly different from most other Lake Trout populations. I’ll provide some historical information on this population along with the results of some more recent studies we’ve conducted at the lake.
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Meeting ID: 882 3039 9851
Hopefully we can return to in-person meetings soon. At our last meeting there was a request for information on the new education signs at Muir Lake to which ETFC contributed. If you’d like to see them up close without having to drive out there, you can find all 8 of them at Muir Lake Signs . However, you might like to check out the expanded digital version that includes additional photos and links to some great videos and other information on the natural food that trout find to eat in Alberta’s lakes, as well as angling tips to imitate those life forms at each stage of their lifecycle. Click on What Trout Eat Digital Version.
This past month we held our AGM. The election resulted in some new faces joining the executive, in particular Deb Anderson, our new President. Deb (and her daughter) are both avid fly fishers and tyers and we’re really pleased she took on the job. Ron Storrier, who has filled in for the last two years as President when no one volunteered for the position, is our Vice-President. In addition, the following were elected:
Treasurer: Ray Kelsey
Secretary: Ken Bodden
Director, Membership: Norm Selman
Director, Communications: Paul Lanteigne
Director, Programs: Brian Wiebe
Director, AFGA and ACA rep: Randy Collins
Director, AFGA Zone 4 rep: Gaetan Richard
Director, Chuck Harvey
Director, Steve Miller
Director, Ernest Kitt
Director, Peter Little
The executive is currently in the process of planning a raffle to try to make up for the fact that we haven’t been able to hold our usual fund-raising activities over the past two years. There will be 5 prizes valued in total at about $6,000. More details to come soon.
It was also decided that we should update the Club Bylaws, Property Rules, Website, and Facebook page. Work on that has begun and we hope to bring a new version of each to the membership soon. However, we need and would appreciate your help now with the ETFC Website.
You’ll notice some changes already but please email me with any suggestions for content that you think would be helpful for members and those interested in joining the Club. We need specific help with the ‘Where to Fish’ section of the site. It has very few locations identified, so please send me your suggestions on where to fish for trout (within an hour or two of Edmonton) with the following information including any comments that you think would be helpful for members: