Annual Meeting Minutes, June 10, 2023
Nelson Lake Association
The meeting was opened by President Rick Lindner at 9:10 am.
Fisheries Survey Report and Plans: We saw a video from Fisheries Biologist Max Walter of the DNR. He reviewed the results of the Spring netting Survey work. Northern Pike on the average are a bit smaller than in years past. There abundance is higher too. Crappies are very abundant but few are over 10 inches in length. Only some Walleye were caught, all over 15 inches. There’s a low abundance of Walleye. LM Bass have a solid population with a lots of 13-16 inch bass. Bluegils have lots of smaller fish with 5-7 inch quite typical and only 1% over 8 inches. Very few perch were caught and no SM Bass.
Walleye recruitment is a struggle on Nelson L. Little natural reproduction has taken place since 1986. Walleye stocking has not been successful at all. Walleye stocking, fish regulation changes, drawdowns, minnow stocking, sucker stocking, and fish sticks programs have not changed the Walleye population. With less Walleyes available, and the possible downturn in stocking state-wide, it is doubtful that Walleye will be stocked by the DNR in Nelson Lake in the coming years. The Nelson L. Association is considering stocking approx.. 1,000 extended growth walleyes. Cost is around $2.75 each. Consider helping NLA by donating to the Fish and Wildlife Habitat Fund when you pay your annual dues. There’s a lot that can be done with Nelson Lake.
Lenroot Township Report: The Tagalder Bridge was replaced. The Lion’s Club increased the pickleball courts at Silverthorn Park. Norvado’s high speed internet was completed. Mosquito Brook, Stark Rd., some of Nelson L. Road were repaved. Lots of snow and ice made it a difficult Winter. Redoing pavement on Tanning Pt Rd. near Bullhead Lake will be done this Summer. New playground equipment was set up at the park by the dam. This equipment was donated by the Nelson L. Resort Association.Blacktopping by the pavilion will be done this Fall to make this area handicapped accessible.
The Annual Meeting minutes of the 6/11/22 meeting were read. MOTION: to approve. Passed.
The Financial Report was given. Totals in the Money Market account are $27, 990.71, and $22, 524.42 in the checking account for a grand total of $50, 515.13. MOTION: to approve the Financial report. Passed. We currently have 207 members in the NLA. There are a good number yet to come in.
Elections: Glenn Rolloff, Casey Stangl, John Welter, and Dale McPherson were up for reelection. There were no other candidates. NOTION: to reelect the 4 listed above. Passed.
Annual Picnic: will be held Aug. 19, 2023 at 4 PM at the Nelson Lake Park.
Scholarship Fund: Each year we donate $1,000 to a high school grad who will attend college majoring in either Fish or Wildlife. This year that $1,000 gift will be given to Samantha Chaon. Samantha was in attendance at our Annual Meeting, and gave a short presentation on her future college plans.
2 Door Prizes of $25 gift certificates were handed out. These can be used at any of the Nelson L. Resorts.
MOTION: to close the meeting. Passed. The meeting was finished at 10:35 AM.
Respectfully submitted, Steve Bilitz, Secretary