Letter from CWTU

I would like to take this time to thank everyone from the EDTU chapter who was able to make it to our work days last summer, and to invite all who can make it this year. Here is a summary of the work that was accomplished and the benefit of all the hard work.

Last year we improved over 1800 feet of stream on the Mecan River. These improvements included about 250 feet of bank covers, the removal of a wing dam, some brushing in a much needed area and the building of six lunker structures.

Before the work was started Scott Bunde and his crew shocked the area for fish, and the largest fish they found was about a 9 inch fish. One of our chapter members fished the last day of the season in this area and caught about a dozen fish all in the 10-12 inch range and saw another fish that was 14 inches or better that he kicked out from under a structure. Incidently we had just completed work on this area the Saturday before the last day which was on the following Thursday. Pretty nice to get a 30% return on the size of fish in one summer.

I would like to invite everyone out this year if they can make it. Saturday, May 21st will be our first work day on the Mecan, which has been the joint work day for our chapters in the past. This year we will be doing something that has never been done in the past: Scott Bunde has agreed to do a stream shocking for us before the start of the regular work day. He will be shocking the completed structures from last summer. This will start promptly at 8:00 a.m., followed by our regular scheduled work day. As always lunch will be served, with soda and water provided also. I will have doughnuts and coffee available at 7:30 for those interested.

Just a reminder that all of our work days are scheduled for the third Saturday of every month through September, and please watch the Central Wisconsin Trout Unlimited (CWTU) website for a complete schedule of events for the summer work days. For those who don't know, the website is www.cwtu.org. If anyone is interested we will be having a stream clean up day on Radley Creek on April 23rd to fall in line with the national clean up day for TU. Watch the website for details.

Thanks again,