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4 The Glenville Democt'al Pathfinder September 9, 1976 Stan On Sports in the Field "Fishing" Stonecoal Did I catch fish....more than 200 in about three hours! But alas, I didn't catch them with rod and reel, I used an over-size dip net! And I did it for science, not sport. When District Fisheries Biologist Frank/ernejcic invited me to join a fish sampling session on Stonecoal Lake near Weston, I jumped at the chance to see this one phase of fish management and to photograph an operation seldom seen by sportsmen at large. Recently I've heard rumbling about the fishing at this new impoundment, but despite the grousing ofunsuccessfulanglers of late, ][ was convinced that it was more the fisherman than any lack of fish. In my opinion, Stonecoal is a model fishing lake and an excellent example of what proper management can produce. The results, shown in the photo story here. i believe, bear me out. One purpose of this fish sampling was to help biologists keep track of what is happening in the lake. The sampling, together, with creel surveys and other data, will help the biologists decide what and whether to stock. For example, one finding on this sampling stood out above all others. Walleye in the lake have reproduce, they found. As Jernejcic says, "if they can reProduce in this lake, they can stock it better than we." When we as fishmen cast to the shorelines, in the coves and arms of this beautiful lake. we tend to foret that the fish we catch (or don't catch) are not there by accident, by some quirk of nature, butare there by design as a result of the work done by dedicated biologists. With National Hunting and Fishing Day only two weeks away (Sept, 25}, I offer this page as a tribute to those men who do so much to provide ud'with good outdoor sport. One of several tubs of fish taken. The big ones are redhorse suckers, the smaller ones everything ] mad-toms to bluegills, crappies, silversides and smallmouth bass. Keep in mind that only one was treated. The fish kill is hardly a drop in the bucket when you consider the size of the Photos by Stan Meseroll i:o: About one acre in a cove was cordoned off with a blocidns not in 30 fast of water entrappin8 District I l'tshefles Biolot Frank ]ernejcic anythat ente the cove the night before. A 2% solution of rotenone was mixed In the Jloidsup one of 35r Suckers collated , bow o414k  pumped sh the hose which was pulled hack aml fkerth acra the In the aaldinS, 'Total wejsht of suckers was cove. The mixture Is first releas on the batten to assure a  mJ .  : i 6jb8. .,: ......  ,  , ,/    By 11 a.m.,  retemome and flsh-nettinIj end of the operation was over and we headed for a shoreline base. There the fish were first sorted by species, them sub-sertod by size, Here Jernejcic and Bert Pierce, fisheries t also separate the youns of tide year [this year's reproductim]. Harvestable bass [8 inches or lanzer] and walleyes [12 inches and up] are recorded. iiii The retemme [1 gsd. per 3-acre feet of water] in effect suffocates the surface where they can he dipped up with nets by Dept. rotenane would dissipate by afternoon. The net is left in place until water is de-toxified. Four boats of netters constantly crisscrossed the Jerry Dueld of the DNR stuff welhed each Individual larger fish. Since I have often fished this cove, the catch of these channel cats was a msrprise to me. rye mma  wallm and trout taken by sod and reel here, but never channels. But then I never saw redhorse there either. No trout showed up In the sample. Even smaller fish tclmlins forage ash, were weqhed but by the bucoth,n. / /Ut larser fish were measured too. This channel cat was 15Y Jches hmS. While elated to find young walleye of the year, were disappointed with the ,ize of the line bh ed. The lack of larger fish, JerneJcic quickly pointed out, 't mean the iunkers are around. They are. The b fish tl,y 't In the coves this thne of the year. None of the eizeable or harvestable fish collected are wasted. Id, using an ultra-sharp thin-bladed knife, expertly filleted the larger fish. All ether mall m" nan-edible rials were bm4ed. Ne trace of the project remeinod when we left for home. Tide same cove is emnpled ever year, at about the same time, so bfolosist have cemparable fiaures with which to wl Bert Pierce records data that wil iater be compiled in mere cmnplote information .already on file. District biolosist Don Gasper makes a flnst collected. Specimt taken included largemoulh and smalhnouth bass, ' bluesiUs, Feen sunfish, crappie, yellow bullhead and redherse suckers. .... ...... . aflversides, blunt nose minnow, thranclfln shad, common shiners, .: .....  .d,m