1998 Echo Lake Lodge Newsletter
County Road SS
Jct., WI 54407
Friends of Echo Lake,
to unseasonably warm weather this summer, the 1998 season will be remembered as
one of the best. Fish populations
seem to be rebounding probably due to the catch and release program encouraged
the past few years. Congratulations
to William Herman, 15 years old, for
the largest walleye (11#), to Jordan
Gross, 12 years old, for the largest northern (12#, 37 1/2") and to Dave
Rasmussen for his 6# lake trout. Also,
congratulations to Chuck Konopacky,
Jonathan Dobbs, Jon Vollmer, and Larry
Dobbe on their successful black bear hunts.
While bow hunting for a trophy black bear, Bill Brown videotaped 2 different bears visiting the bait pit close
to his stand. Those two bears will
be bigger next season!
the elements took their toll on camp and the log buildings, much of our energy
was used trying to keep camp operational. This
included replacing water towers, docks, septic systems and all the maintenance
on boats, motors and portages. It
is our goal to insure our guests have an enjoyable vacation with all buildings
and equipment in good working order. We
will do everything possible to save the Main Lodge and Loon's Nest for future
guests to enjoy the nostalgic log cabin era.
we work to preserve the past, changes are inevitable. Recycling was
initiated in 1998 with great success thanks to your help.
Because of the efforts of our guests very little recyclable garbage was
added to our landfill. A mandatory change
that will begin with the 1999 season is catch
and release of fish on all lakes smaller than 250 acres.
This includes High Lake, No Fish, No Name, Little Beaver, Tobonje, and
Rocky. One northern pike less than
27.5 inches may be harvested per angler per day.
This regulation took effect January 1, 1998.
Now the Ministry is requiring us to comply and enforce this practice or
lose the privilege of boat caches (storage) on these lakes.
Also proposed but not yet enacted as of this letter is a new fish bag
limit. It is proposed
that the walleye limit be dropped to 4 with one over 18.
The northern limit would be dropped to 4 with no fish between 27.5"
and 35.5" and one can be greater than 35.5".
Fish 35.5" or over
would have to be transported in the round (not gutted, the whole fish).
The lake trout limit would remain at 2 with one over 22".
The rationale is to release the spawning fish.
Be prepared for these changes. One
good change--About the middle of June, we realized that we no longer hear Sandy
Beach's phone ring (constantly) in camp. J
would like to acknowledge the Grandfather/Grandson fishing team of Ralph
Banke and Jordan Gross making their second trip to Echo Lake in 3 years.
Also Marty Runge and Michael
Anderson Grandfather/Grandson making their 1st trip to Echo.
It's great to see grandfather/grandson duos enjoying the week fishing
together. What wonderful memories
for both of them! We also saw an increase in the number of couples and families
to all the guests who helped us out with camp chores this summer.
Jon Dobbs for helping with
plumbing on Caribou, Larry Dobbe for his help on the Loon's Nest water tower, Smirky
"Toast Boy" for splitting wood, Liz
Zenk and Jim Trebatoski for taking recycling out, Jim
Patterson for sweeping out the outhouse at the Outpost, and everyone else
Cabin Awards go to: Ralph Banke, Randy
and Bea Jaye Herman, Bill Ehr and
Gary and Linda Pribyl. Thanks!
Sure makes our job easier and the camp more pleasant for future guests. Thanks also to groups who respect camp and out-lying lakes by
"packing it in and packing it
out." It is nice to go to
other lakes and not find a trail of litter.
had the pleasure of having the founder of Echo Lake Lodge, Henry J. Faess, in camp this summer. We enjoyed all the stories and history he shared with us as
well as a wonderful shore lunch complete with his secret bannock recipe.
Speaking of recipes, Bob LaBlaine, Corpus Christi, Texas, had a great idea to compile
camp recipes into a Camp Cookbook. Anyone
who has a favorite recipe from your camp experience that you'd like to
contribute, send or
a coincidence to meet up with Tom &
Matt Frank and Mike Baumgarten! Dave,
Dan and Tom were on the same Boy Scout trek from Samoset Council to Philmont
Scout Ranch in New Mexico two years ago. After six trips across No Fish portage, Randy Herman deserved a nice fish, a 6# walleye, proving that there are
fish in No Fish. Thanks for the
Sheepshead lessons and the "Smiley Faces," Randy Brown and Al Walkowski. And
no, Randy, those black flies were not
just your imagination! Did you know
that bartenders don't serve big, bad, brown or black bears beer or brandy in
Baraboo bars? Kenny
Heinzen found his glasses but lost his Virgin Bait.
Both Greg Koss and Gary Pribyl
were able to spend 2 weeks at Echo this summer. It
doesn't get much better…..well, maybe 3 weeks next summer!!
year four groups took wilderness canoe excursions into Woodland Caribou
Provincial Park. Stories of their
experiences were interesting to listen to.
We anticipate more groups taking advantage of this unique experience in
the future. We have four
lightweight canoes available at camp for anyone interested in exploring the park
or ranging out to a new lake. This
experience is available during your week of fishing with only a small additional
charge per day paid to the Ministry of Natural Resources for park maintenance.
We can help you plan a trip and issue the Ministry Park Permits right in
are now taking reservations for the 1999 season on a first come, first served
basis. We require 50% down payment
within 2 weeks in order to guarantee your week. The balance is due by May 1, 1999. For anyone interested in black bear hunting, you must remit a
$100 refundable deposit to be placed on our waiting list.
We are pleased to announce that all of our rates will remain the same for
1999. Enclosed are two brochures.
Keep one and pass one on to a friend or co-worker who you feel would
enjoy Echo Lake Lodge.
will be attending the 12 Apostles Musky Club Sports Show on Sunday, January 10th,
at the Stevens Point Holiday Inn. Stop
by our booth and see us. We look
forward to talking with you and answering any other questions you may have about
a trip to Echo. For your
information, the Stevens Point Fishing Expo will not be holding their fishing show this year.
the Wisconsin Loon's Nest,
Mitzi, Dave, Dan, Karen and Bandit J