Hubert Conservation Association
Fall 2007 Newsletter
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE LHCA ANNUAL MEETING NEXT YEAR, JUNE 2008.
The meeting will be held on June 28, the
last Saturday in June and will be at the Lutheran Church of the Cross as
usual. Coffee and rolls at 8:45 AM, business meeting at 9:15 AM.
We expect to have updated lake maps available at the meeting and we hope
to see you there!
NEW TREASURER FOR THE LAKE HUBERT ASSOCIATION
Effective this spring, the LHCA will have a new treasurer. Frank Loreno will assume the duties from Bill Bergersen who has faithfully held the position for the past 12 years.
Frank is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA degree in accounting and became a CPA. He spent the majority of his working career as a controller or treasurer for companies in private industry. He is retired but does a significant amount of volunteer work including eight years as a treasurer for the Minnesota Eye Bank at the University of Minnesota. Both Frank and his wife Roberta are still very active in Lions Club activities.
The Lorenos have owned a cabin on Sunset Bay for over 47 years and enjoy frequent visits from their seven children and 16 grand children. Although their permanent residence is in St. Anthony, Minnesota, they are looking forward to the day that they can reside in the lake area.
The LHCA and its membership would like
to thank Bill Bergersen for his many years of dedicated service to the
Association. Bill was particularly busy and effective a few years ago assisting
in the fund raising for the Lake Hubert Depot restoration project. Again,
thank you so much, Bill, for your help in all aspects of treasurer work
for the LHCA.
SEPTEMBER RAINS FINALLY COME TO LAKE HUBERT
After another prolonged summer drought, Lake Hubert finally received desperately needed moisture during most of the month of September. Indeed, nearly five inches of rain fell and gave the ground a very good soaking. The lake level also benefited from the rain and has risen several inches from its very low August level. October has also started out as a wet month so hopes are high that the lake level will continue to rise for the remainder of autumn.
The channel between Clark Lake and Lake Hubert has also rebounded and a very small flow of water now seeps into Lake Hubert from Clark Lake. This small flow has helped to flush the stagnant summer water from the channel and it thus both looks and smells better than it did in late summer.
Some reminders as you close up your cabin for the year:
• Please remember to clean up your beach
especially from any campfires. Higher water levels and the movement of
the winter ice can easily shift ashes and partially burned wood onto the
lake. Make sure dock sections and watercraft are also pulled up high enough
on your shoreline.
• Any left over canned goods from the summer can easily be donated to local food shelves.
• If you use your lake place during the winter, remember to cover septic lines with straw to keep the lines from freezing. For the past few winters, the Lake Hubert area received very little snowfall until late January thus allowing the ground to freeze quite deeply.
• Remember to check the Lake Hubert web site on a regular basis to catch up on all of the local news. The web site is usually updated every week. The web site address is: www.lakehubert.org.
DNR COMPLETES AUGUST FISH SURVEY
The Department of Natural Resources fish biologist team was on Lake Hubert this August completing a major survey of the lake. Although complete details of the survey will not be available until late winter, there are several general trends that can be reported.
DNR Fisheries Personnel, Tim Brastrup and David Bohlander, both stated that Lake Hubert is in overall good shape as one of the premier fishing lakes in the area. Surveying indicated a “healthy walleye population for a lake of this nature and above average populations of crappies and bass.” The walleyes are reportedly above average in size, but “hard to catch due to the water clarity of Lake Hubert,” according to Bohlander. As for crappies, this species was “well represented by yearly classes” which should bode well for future fishing.
The size restrictions (12” limit) on both largemouth and smallmouth bass that were started nearly three years ago also seem to be working. Local Lake Hubert anglers seemed to have had very good success this summer in catching large bass even in the five to six pound range. Smallmouth bass, in particular, seemed to have rebounded well under the restrictions.
As for Northern Pike, casual (and unscientific)
observations indicate fewer fish probably due to less spawning success
because of lower spring water levels over the past few years and possible
competition from the larger population of big bass. Nevertheless, one fisherman
on the north side of the lake caught, photographed, weighed, measured and
released a 21 pound lunker late in September. Obviously, there still are
big Northern Pike in Lake Hubert, too.
LATEST ON DNR DOCK REGULATIONS
If you’d like to follow the evolution of
the work being done and read the information being made available on the
(new) Minnesota DNR dock regulations, check the LHCA website for the link.
Pretty much everything going on is summarized on or linked to from this
web page on the DNR site. Its address is: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/issues/docks/index.html
CRITTER SIGHTINGS AROUND LAKE HUBERT
With the very significant increase in development in Crow Wing County, one would think that there would be fewer and fewer sightings of wildlife. In some cases, this is true especially concerning more secretive species such as bobcat, otter, mink, and the occasional wandering timber wolf. However, many other animals have done remarkable well and are more than holding their own as their habitat changes with the influx of more humans.
Obviously, no one has to remind you of the great nuisance that deer have become. The local population has virtually exploded and no garden is safe anymore unless fenced in. They are also a dangerous traffic hazard as the many carcasses on the side of local roads would confirm. Beaver and raccoons also have still done quite well. Indeed, during times of high water, many beavers have been trapped by the Clark Lake outlet. As for raccoons, just leave some garbage unattended or try to bury fish guts sometime. These “bandits” will find such “treats” in a hurry.
This past summer, two interesting species in particular were sighted on more than just a few occasions in the Lake Hubert area. At first glance, you wouldn’t think that Coyotes and Golden Eagles have much in common. But, in a strange way, they certainly do share some common traits thus their sightings around our area are certainly explainable.
Coyotes are one of the most successful wild animals ever to evolve. They can live almost anywhere and are found in all of the 48 lower States in both rural and urban environments. Their diet is completely omnivorous. Small mammals, fawns, fruits, berries, and carrion are all fair targets for this very successful species. They also have a fondness for dog food left out unattended and in the Southern California region, are infamous for gobbling up small pets.
In our area, their sightings have become more frequent. You can sometimes see them in early morning or late evening skulking along the roadside close to any cover that is handy. They often “cruise” for road kill and will eagerly clean up squirrels and rabbits that have been flattened on local highways. Several sightings of Coyotes have been observed along County Road 13 this past summer. This area is a “niche habitat” for coyotes as just to the northeast in Aitkin County and south of us within the boundaries of Fort Ripley are active wolf packs that do no not tolerate the existence of the competitive coyote.
While the Coyote is common to our area, Golden Eagles are not. Nevertheless, at last one was seen several times late this summer by several Lake Hubert residents.
Golden Eagles are our largest bird of prey in this part of the country with a wingspan that can cover nearly eight feet. They are habitually a bird of the prairies and high plains but they do make an occasional visit to the Lake Hubert area especially during fall migration. Similar to Coyotes, they feast on small mammals and carrion and have been known to swoop down on highways to consume available road kill.
The local and confirmed sightings of the Golden Eagle that visited Lake Hubert on several occasions was, indeed, a unique event for those residents on the north side of the Lake lucky enough to view this happening. The mature Golden Eagle is bigger than our local Bald Eagle and has a wonderful majesty all of its own. While the sighting of this spectacular bird left all viewers in awe, perhaps the poet, Tennyson, said it best;
“He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world he stands.
The wrinkled seas beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.”
STAY IN TOUCH
Please keep us updated with any changes to your address, phone numbers or email address. You can contact us:
By regular mail at: LHCA, P.O. Box 1352, Lake Hubert MN 56459
Or by Email at: LakeHubert@aol.com.