Hot Springs Village lakes ecology and fisheries manager Brad Meredith updated the lakes committee on several projects in the works or that were recently completed.
First up was electro-fishing, which Meredith said is finished.
Preliminary largemouth bass data supplied by him showed 95 bass over two pounds were “caught.” A 7.65-pounder came from Cortez, four bass in the six- to seven-pound range and three in the range of five to six pounds.
When totaling bass at two or more pounds, Balboa came out on top with 20, followed by DeSoto and Cortez with 18 bass and Coronado with 13.
He said the surprise to him was getting two from Lake Pineda in the six- to seven- pound class. Meredith will have more fish census data for a future meeting.
Hydraulic dredging is underway in Lake Coronado and expected to be completed very soon.
Lake Balboa docks by the launch ramp will be torn down and replaced before May 28.
A fishing pier will also be going up. It will be located between Balboa beach and spillway. It will be 100 feet long and six feet wide.
Meredith said he has ordered $3,000 worth of bumpers to put on docks where needed. Rotted boards will also be replaced.
And a fishing pier will also be erected on Lake Cortez. It will be placed in a cove off Cortez Road.
Later in the meeting, a guest spoke out saying he was happy to finally see fishing access (piers) being considered for non-boaters’ use.
Committee chair Bill Goodwin stressed there would be no cleaning station attached to this pier.
The pier will be shaped like a football field’s goal post Meredith said. Both piers are scheduled to be in place before Aug. 1.
Aquatic growth has increased in Lake Sophia and Maria since water temperatures have risen.
Chemicals will be ordered soon to address the matter. There will be no watering restrictions following the chemical applications.
A trailer for the pontoon work boat is being built and should be available by the end of this month.
Lake habitat continues to be put in Village lakes, with another patch going in later this week, as members of the fishing clubs join Meredith to put the artificial habitat together, then take it to locations on the lakes to be sunk.
Goodwin said talk continues on using a golf course pond at some point to raise forage fish, then put them in Village lakes.
The idea of having a location’s address placed on a boat dock is still afloat (pun intended). This is seen as a potential way to identify where a boater is located in case they have an emergency.
The boater could see an address on the dock and tell police or emergency personnel where they are.
Newly elected committee officers are Bill Goodwin – chairman, Dennis Block – vice chairman and Ray Hurley – secretary.
The next lakes committee meeting takes place at 8:30 a.m. June 13 at Coronado Center.