Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Chiggers/Swimmer Itch Update

Dear Friends of the Lake,

Lake Information-- Chiggers have been reported to be heavy at the beach on First Lake.   There has also been a report of minor chiggers on other parts of First Lake.  It is likely that the shoreline of all three lakes are/will be experiencing chiggers at this time.

Thank you,
Forest Lake Lake Association

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fish Kill

DearFriends of the Lake,                         .

During the past week you may have noticed a fish kill in Forest Lake. Small crappies and sunfish were floating to the windward shoreline. We checked with the East Metro office of the DNR and described the situation. They indicated that the fish were dying from a common bacteria called "columnaris". This occurs when fish are stresssed and vulnerable to bacteria. This was probably caused by late spawning and a sudden increase in the water temperature due to the recent hot weather. The DNR advised that this is normal and will not adversely affect the fish population. Live crappies/sunnies are safe to eat.
See below the write up from the DNR website for more information.
FLLA Board of Directors Steve Schmaltz                       

Dead fish in your lake?

The most common disease occurring in lakes is caused by the bacterium Flavobacterium columnare. This pathogen causes large kills of sunfish, crappies, and bullheads in late spring and early summer. Infections in metro area lakes usually start around Memorial Day weekend and persist until early July.

The bacterium exists naturally in fish populations and expresses itself when stressful conditions exist. The infection is brought on most commonly when water temperatures increase rapidly. The increase in water temperature often brings an increase in spawning activity, which coupled with stress caused by temperature changes, make the fish more susceptible to the infection.

Fish infected with Chondroccus columnaris are characterized by eroded gill tissues, with a grey-white to yellowish slime on the skin, gills or fins. These kills occur on most metro area lakes, and may involve several thousand fish in some years. In most cases, the numbers lost are small in relation to the total population, and no change in angler success can be attributed to columnaris disease.

Live fish infected with this infection are edible. Fish caught with columnaris should be skinned and prepared as desired. Fish should be cooked to a temperature of 140 degrees F. for at least five minutes before eating.

Chondroccus columnaris infected fish sometimes suffer a secondary infection caused by the fungus Saprolegnia. This fungus appears as a white, cottony growth on the body of the fish. This furry or hairy appearance disappears when the fish is removed from the water.
This fungus can kill fish by completely covering it. There is no danger to humans, but a bad taste may develop as a result of the infection. Fish infected with Saprolegnia should be skinned with the infected areas cut out, then prepared as usual.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Wine Tasting & New Facebook site

Dear Friends of the Lake,

Please mark your calendar for the FLLA Annual Wine Tasting event.  This is the only and largest fundraiser for our Lake Association.  The date is June 21st at 6:30pm.  Event site is Vannelli's by the Lake.  You can purchase tickets online at via paypal or at any of the location listed on the flyer below.  

A large part of our fund raising are silent auction items, such as Wine, Sport tickets, theme baskets etc.....  Items can be dropped off with Chance Norby at his office - Guaranteed Rate.  The address is 855 West Broadway Avenue, Forest Lake, MN 55025.  Chance's phone number is 651-464-9094.

Please checkout our new Facebook page.