Oconto River Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Stream Project Saturday July 20th
Project with the U.S. Forest Service's Fisheries Biologist Tom Moris.
Meet at U.S. Forest Service - Laona Ranger Station, 4978 Hwy 8 West, Laona at 8:30 am.
Work project is on Swanson Creek doing fishability brushing, brush bundles and moving logs for habitat structures.
Bring usual waders, gloves, loppers, bug protection and shovels.
Lunch will be served after project.
Please notify in advance if attending.
Questions or car pooling, contact Paul Kruse at 920-639-2361.
See Album for DNR Surveys reports on South Branch Oconto River.
May 18 Stream Project
On Saturday May 18th, 20 enthusiastic volunteers gathered to make improvements to the First South Branch of Oconto at the Barrier Free area off County T in Oconto County. At the site the group split into two crews, one worked upstream and the other went down stream. The water was a little high but not to high as some workers worked directly in the stream. Each crew did brush clearing of tag alders for fishability along with brush bundles and log tie downs at stream bank.
After the work project at roughly 12:30pm the Wolf River chapter provided lunch for all participants and if you wish you could stay afterward for Meet and Greet Fish Along in the afternoon.
Cooperative Trout Stocking
Our Chapter partnered with the Oconto County Sportsmen’s Alliance, Underhill Sportsmen’s Club, Kelly Lake Sportsmen’s Club, Breed Sportsmen’s Club and Suring Sportsmen’s Club to stock over 1100 rainbow and brown trout (10-14 inches) into the Main Oconto. The fish were delivered on Friday May 17, 2019 and were scattered at the landings in Suring, Hintz, Underhill, and Pulcifer. Funding for this project totaled $3,600. Our Chapter is grateful for the support on the other conservation clubs in the area. Already, we’ve heard that fisherman are out there enjoying this endeavor. Reports have it that the trout were biting..
Tom Klatt, project coordinator, for this year’s stocking, wanted to thank the other clubs for their financial support. He also wanted to thank members that came out to help by transporting fish from the truck to the stream. Thanks to these helpers: Eddie, Ron, Dan, Thomas, Bruce, Jane, and Tom.
Connecting Coldwater in Northern Wisconsin and the Oconto River Watershed
The Northeast Region Chapters of Trout Unlimited met in December with WDNR Water restoration group and pledged $45,800 for 2019 projects. Chapter donating money were Antigo, Green Bay, Marinette, Northwoods, Oconto River, Wild Rivers, and Wolf River. The funding included:
•$17,500 to the DNR’s Antigo office to fund a two-person crew and fuel for dredging spring ponds. •$15,000 to the DNR’s Lakewood office to fund a two-person habitat crew. •$6,000 to the U.S. Forest Service supporting a fisheries technician. •$5,000 toward the Great Lakes Stream Restoration Initiative. •$2,300 to the DNR’s Peshtigo office to fund a water temperature monitor on Oconto River.
These funds are in addition to the normal DNR location state budgets. The funds assist the payment of LTE’s (limited time employees for the summer) who are now able to work a full summer to get more projects completed than planned in normal budget. Oconto River Chapter donated $5,000 for 2019 projects. The money will be used to improve habitat on several trout streams across norther Wisconsin. Streams will be brushed to improve fishability and beaver control will continue. Two more spring ponds will be dredged and the barrier-free platforms on the South Branch Oconto will be repaired/replaced.
We team with other NE Wisconsin Region TU Chapters to preform four in-stream work projects. The projects are held in the morning on the 3rd Saturday of May, June, July and August. The public is welcome to join us. Great way to find new access areas to streams and good fishing. Check web site for meeting locations.
The Chapter also provide financial assistance for operation of NOCTA – Lakewood Hatchery.
August 17th – Last Chapter Habitat Project 2019
We will return to the Evergreen River above the Menominee Reservation for some final touches. This section of the Evergreen had 1.7 miles extensive work conducted on it from 2009-2014. Worked included dig and pile channel shaping with a hydraulic excavator, large wood additions and brush bundling. Most of the brush bundling was completed in the summers of 2012 and 2014. This section could use some final touches in the brush bundling area.
The workday will focus on finishing up the remaining work from the June workday. Most of the work will consist of brushing the stream and jetting, anchoring and cabling large wood into the stream bed. The wood will consist of logs and root wads. With the recent storms up in this area several of the walking trails may also need some cleanup. This will be a great opportunity to check out the work from the June workday!
We will plan on meeting at the Langlade Ranger Station at 8:30am (sharp) to caravan or carpool as we did the last time we work on the Evergreen in June. This project we may only work from 9-11am? This is dependent upon participation and workload. As always, please try to contact me in advance if you are planning to attend so we can plan for lunch.
Paul Kruse-GBTU Work Project Coordinator at Kruser2@new.rr.com or (920) 639-2361.
June 15 Stream Project
The project site for June 15 is located on the Evergreen River off CTY M just above the Menominee Reservation. We will also be jetting and anchoring large wood in the stream bed. The wood will consist of logs and root wads. In addition, we will also be doing some touch up brushing on the old brush bundles. Only tag alders that are on outside bends or extend over half the stream channel will be cut.
We will meet at the DNR LANGLADE RANGER STATION, W1961 HWY 64 WHITE LAKE WI 54491 at 8:30 am (sharp) on Saturday for our 2nd project.
Stream Restoration Project dates for 2020 are May 16, June 20, July 18 and August 15. More information will be available as specific location and sites are being planned.