Originally Posted by solesearcher34
Looks promising and if gas prices go up could actually be a darn good value. Am I to understand correctly that there are currently NO fish in the lake? If that is the case, might be a pretty tough sell..........figure 5 years to get the possibility of a really good 'eye or bass even if stocked at a catchable size. That's over $4000 before you get a shot at something good. Other than that if you are in for the long haul, could be a good investment. I wouldn't even consider it under the circumstances unless I had legal paper to guaranty that the club would have rights for at least ten years follow the 5yr "building" period. Other than that concern, looks like a good place.
Valid points and concerns.
Point one- Correct no fish in the lake currently.
Point two- Not true. It has recently been done at a lake called ISH nearby that was totally drained. They are now catching 4 and 5 lb largemouth and walleye over 24 inches as well as huge perch and I'm sure the rest of the normal species. trout, crappie and the like. All this after 3 years.
In Colorado, it is all about the forage and allowing the forage to reproduce, many of these smaller lakes simply are put and take fisheries. We will stock with catchable ( many over 2-3 lbs) and yes I have seen the actual fish we will stock with. These smaller ponds/lakes turn around and promote growth at a really rapid rate for some reason. Some board members are going to meeting with the board at ISH to get some information on how they did that so we can emulate where possible
The ditch company will only lease in 3 year terms period, non- negotiable, end of story. The lake has been in existence since the 40's but I can't guarantee that it can't change either.
Oh,,, that other lake,, ISH,, Had no waiting list for 3 years, Now, you can't get in because there is a backlog of people wanting to get in now that it has turned around.
This gets you in on the ground floor so to spreak and will offer catchable fish to start, and a great place to hang out, take the kids etc etc.
I agree it is a decision and one that will have people deciding each way for a variety of reasons.
For me, I am genuinely excited about the prospects for this lake and have decided ( in my case, stay a member)
Thanks again for all the questions and comments