The Association has received many questions regarding ice fishing on Lac Heney and wishes to provide this extra information for the residents and members.
The Association was not informed in advance nor was there any consultation by the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP).
As far as the Association is aware, the approval of ice fishing by the MFFP means that a valid fishing license entitles the holder to fish in provincial waters, as long as they abide by the rules.
Trout fishing is prohibited throughout the province. The reason fishing for lake trout is prohibited is because it has a disproportionately negative effect on the fish population.
We have made the MFFP aware of our lake remediation efforts and our concerns regarding winter fishing for trout. They have been on the lake for enforcement purposes.
Fires on the ice as well as fires near the shore contribute phosphorous and nitrogen to the water. This can increase algae and result in poor water quality after ice out.
The protection of the watershed is of utmost concern to the Association. Regular monitoring has shown that Lac Heney is slowly recovering. The Association will continue to monitor the situation and plans to discuss the issue with representatives of the MFFP in the near future.
If you recall, we encouraged our members to participate in a citizen science initiate using eBird – a bird tracking app developed by Cornell University. This week is the Great Backyard Bird Count. Why not take 15 minutes, unplug and focus on nature?
Ready, Set, Bird! The Great Backyard Bird Count is here again! Last year, you and more than 50,000 other birders found nearly 70% of the planet’s bird species, all in just 4 days. How many birds will you see this time around?
Participating in the count is easy:
Watch birds anywhere, anytime from Feb 12–15. Watch for at least 15 minutes and keep track of how many individuals of each species you saw. (If you want ID help, use Merlin Bird ID.)
Tell us what you saw with eBird Mobile or eBird.org. You’ll need your Cornell Lab user account to log in (it’s the same account you used last year, and it also works with Merlin, eBird, Bird Academy, and other Lab projects.)
Treasurer’s Report – Membership numbers are close to last year (175) and a good sign for next year. Expenses are down due to fewer activities because of Covid-19.
Science & Environmental Committee – Draft report for 2020 expected soon. Sediment sampling is planned for 2021 to determine how much iron is available to bind phosphorous. The committee is looking at potential options for improving oxygen levels in watershed lakes.
Boat Launch – Committee is still consulting with boat launch owners and will work on a communications strategy to inform members.
Priorities for 2021 – The Board should establish priorities for 2021 to focus our efforts due to limited volunteer resources. For example, invasive species, islands, roads, boat launches, or municipal taxes.