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The Conservation Corner

Dan Anderson
Conservation Director

Included in the Bylaws for the Washington State Bass Federation is a requirement that each Chapter participates in at least one Federation sponsored environmental/conservation project each year.  Participation shall mean a total of at least 20 man-hours with a minimum of four participating members.

Our Bass Clubs Making a Difference!


Can We Help Silver Lake?

I am no expert on Silver Lake. This article contains information I gathered from WDFW employees, long-time residents of the Silver Lake and Cowlitz County area, and fisher folk that have fished there for 40+ years.


Silver Lake bass fishing is not what it used to be. In a nutshell, Silver Lake suffers from water quality problems; blue-green algae, excessive phosphorous, failing septic systems, possible stormwater pollution, an adjacent landfill on the South, very little submerged vegetation, and turbidity. No simple answer to the water quality problem overall, so this article is about one problem; the lack of former native submerged vegetation.


In 1990, WSU researchers proposed the introduction of sterile grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) to control the excessive growth of non-native South American waterweed and Eurasian watermilfoil in Silver Lake. In spring of 1992, WDFW released 83,000 triploid grass carp (8” – 10” long) into the lake. Their life expectancy was 7 years in western WA.


In 1994, a WDFW-sanctioned survey showed little, if any, submerged aquatic vegetation left in the lake. Except for yellow waterlily (lily pads), bogbean (buckbean), and watershield (dollar pads), most of the native submerged aquatic vegetation was also eliminated. The grass carp did their job (and then some) in just 2 years. The number of carp to be stocked became a real controversy. Planting just 15,000 would have probably been adequate for the job. Today they’re still swimming so the fish can evidently live 20+ years in this lake.


It is currently illegal to fish for or to retain grass carp from Silver Lake. WDFW does not want any of these carp transferred or taken anywhere; dead or alive.

This summer however, WDFW will hold several Grass Carp Fishing Derbies on Silver Lake. These will be scheduled on consecutive weekends and are open to the public. No one I have questioned, including WDFW, has any idea how many grass carp still reside there. Locals suggest there are still thousands and they average 10-20 lbs. each. These fish can be caught on hook and line with bait; frozen brussel sprouts, biscuit dough, watermelon, kidney beans, and the pièce de résistance, cherry tomatoes.

Bowfishing is also being considered as an option to help remove these fish. Bowfishing clubs hold tournaments and they may be some assistance in this carp-removal project. By any method, WDFW wants complete control of the catch / carcasses. No complaints from this corner on that one.

The State of Missouri has evidently had a grass carp problem for a while.

Washington and Oregon have some of the best fisherman in the NW and maybe we can help Silver Lake. Either as clubs and/or as individuals, we and our families can participate in the derbies. The Mt St Helens Bass club is considering one of these derbies for their Jack n’ Jill fishing tournament in 2014.

Presently, Ukrainian carp fishermen are allowed to net common carp in Vancouver Lake. This fall, WDFW may allow these commercial guys to also capture grass and common carp from Silver Lake using trammel nets.

This article may raise as many questions as answers. Feel free to contact me to discuss. I will share more info on this as spring nears.

Don Randolph

WA / OR TBF Conservation Director


Mt St Helens Riffe Lake Clean Up in 2013!


Mt St Helens Converstaion project for the year.
Our club picked Riffe Lake because we saw tons of debris and trash to clean up this area. We spent 1.5 hrs with 34 people and had a great time doing this. Our club will continue to this at all of our tournaments. I would say we will have a positive impact on every area we stay at. We are looking into lake habitation efforts at Silver lake this being our home lake will our focus in the coming years. We would like to remove or relocate some of the carp that are destroying the habitat and I will be involved in this effort. I will keep you informed so stay tuned...
Please have the web person add this picture to the Federation web page under Conservation. 
Also please have all clubs contact me on their projects. And send me the web person's email address so I may include them in the emails.

Stephen Norris



The Long Lake Bass Club

Has Been Building Life Jacket Kiosk's!

Our first kiosk has been installed at Wildcat Lake instead of Long Lake County Park, in memory of 14 year old Trenten Morris who drowned while swimming in Wildcat lake.  We will build one at Long Lake at a later date.

From the Long Lake Club President Dan Anderson:   "Thanks to all our club members. Your willingness to help is proof that you are not just fishermen, but valuable members of our community. You bring honor to our club."

The kiosk work party. Ready for summer.

Leon and Jason starting the roof Frank cutting dados for cross braces Laying out bolt patterns

Bob laying out roof trusses Roof facia and trim goes on Rare to see a QA guy with big tools.

Digging the holes Men at work,while  Don freezes Lots of rebar

Ready for concrete Phillip with 80 pounds--- no problem. Bucket line to carry concrete down to lake. Kevin pours the footings

Going up Kiosk final sign and LLBC plaque in place

Special thanks for the hospitality of the park maintenance staff, John Lester, and Mike King for letting us dig holes in their park, and providing power and water. Special thanks to Lori Raymaker (KC County Parks Stewardship Coordinator) for being patient with us. Thanks to all the great members of LLBC who helped: Dan Anderson, Shaun Flanagan, Bob and Dorothy Steiner, Bev Baker, Kevin McCullum, Renee Richards, Phillip Whatley, Don Sanger, Frank Stricklin, Chris Raymaker, Jason Leib, Leon Lilly, Roger Mosely, Ron Kropp, and Paul Watson. We poured 1,900 lbs of concrete removed 16 cu ft of dirt, and donated a total of 88 manhours labor. Well done.

Kiosk Dedication 3 April  In Memory of Trenten Morris

The Kitsap Medical Society, Kitsap Safe Swimmers, CK Fire and Rescue, KC Parks, Long Lake Bass Club members, family and friends of Trenten attended the dedication ceremonies at Wildcat Lake on the 3rd of April. There was a large crowd despite the icy winds blowing in off the lake, as a testament to the dedication of those that wanted to honor Trenten's memory.


Coho Stream Cleanup

Garbage from the Blue Gate Garbage from the creek bank.

Mike is standing next to Little Anderson Creek After clean up. Chris, Simon, Frank,and Bill

Dan and Simon Jason and Tanner ready for action. Load o crap from big pile.

 Second site near Little Anderson Creek Teamwork Ron with his new antique refridgerator ready for restoration

Not everyone was glad to see the sofa hauled out. This has been oozing oil into the creek since the day it was dumped Watching for hazardous material on the big pile.

Special thanks to Lori Raymaker and Kitsap County for paying for the trash dump, and providing the bags. Special thanks to: Dan and Simon Anderson, Chris Raymaker (skipped golf to come and help), Ron Kropp, Jason and Tanner Leib, Frank Stricklin, Jessica, Aryah, and Cooper Campbell, and Bill Caldwell. The area we focused on is the headwaters of Little Anderson Creek.  All photos except two or three, courtesy Aryah Campbell

Long Lake Bass Club at it again!

Cooper with new friend

   WDFW is working to pass a bill that would harm the  

rights of everyone who enjoys recreational fishing.  

Everyone should be getting involved with this!

Send us your pictures and stories and we will post them!