Dateline: Whidbey Island, Lone Lake update

Tom Hawkins

Newbie is fine w/me, I havent been FFing too long
Lone Lk Update Mtg of Sept 29, 2004
Whidbey Island Fly Fishing Club meeting, Sept 29, 2004, at the Race Road
Fire House, on Whidbey Island.
Guests and attendees included:
Susan Horton, Director, Island County Noxious Weed Control
Pat Clark, Lone Lake Homeowners Assn (LLHA)
Jan Clark, LLHA
Jeanne Schick, LLHA
Zeke Zardeskas, Fidalgo Fly Fishers
Frank Dost, Whidbey Fishin' Club
Dale Dennis, Evergreen Fly Fishing Club
Jim McRoberts, Washington Fly Fishing Club
Gordon McKay, Washington State Council, Federation of Fly Fishers
Baert Simmons, North West Fly Fishing Club
members of The Whidbey Island Fly Fishing Club
-Lone Lake Homeowners Assn is comprised of 44 property owners on the lake
plus a small number of surrounding developments that also have a vested
significant interest in Lone Lake, is not a tax district, and therefore has
no political significance.
-Susan Horton provided a very informative, concise, and indepth slide
assessment of the situation, coupled with a time line from discovery of the
problem up until the present date. The information was presented in a
discussion/question/answer format, and was informal and comfortable.
Points of context:
-Brazilian Elodea (BE) was discovered in the lake about 1996. It is
considered a class B noxious weed; ie, hard to control, extremely invasive,
very destructive, and when infected, a lake's habitability declines
-Although the source of contamination has not been pinned down, it is
suspected that the original contamination might be the result of someone
emptying a fish aquarium into the lake, or of it's hitch-hiking to the lake
on someone's boat trailer - not as likely, but anglers should be advised of
this possibility.
-Homeowners privately, tried various methods to eradicate but to no avail,
and in 2003 contacted Susan Horton. In Sept, 2004, the problem was
Identified, and a financial grant was sought and received to survey the lake
and to offer a number of options directed to selecting a course of action
drafted to control BE, (it was noted by S. Horton that 100% BE erradication
may not be realistic, but, that is the goal, with control of the weed being
a major step in that direction, one step at a time), since Lone Lake is
considered by survey results to be 75-90% infected.
Grant Money source:
-In 2003 the grant money source was the boat trailer tax of about $400,000.
In 2004 it will be about $200,000 with about 16 applicants
-The next round of grant selections is due no later than Nov 1, 04, with
selection and notification to be sometime in Jan 05.
-Once the grant is awarded, LLHA must provide matching funds amounting to 25
- 33% of the total amount, with various methods for accumulating "matching
funds". Island County (Susan Horton), and the LLHA will then proceed with
the plan formulated for the Nov 1 Deadline.
-Integrated control options for consideration, include any combination of
grazing, mechanical, or chemical means
-Pat Clark made a very strong point at the conclusion of Susan's
It was a "ThankYou" to ALL the Fishing Clubs and Organizations for their
high level of support in this effort at Lone Lake. LLHA strongly feels that
without this support, the LLHA's progress wouldn't be what it is today.
Thank You All.

Comments to WIFFC members
But, this is only the beginning, it's not over yet. This situation is going
to require micro-managing and shoe-horning through the system by LLHA, IC
and everyone involved. Our continued support and INVOLVEMENT is not only an
important element, but paramount in achieving the desired success at Lone
The Pacific Northwest Fishermen know the "heartbeat of the fisheries" and
many times over offer "corporate knowledge" of historical data, habitat,
catch rates, studies, etc. Such offerings have often enlightened and aided
officials from all agencies in making critical decisions concerning
Your involvement is the "grease" that keeps it moving and may be the one
tid-bit that makes the difference in the final results.





The purpose of this meeting is to communicate information regarding the
problems facing Lone Lake. As many of you know, Island County and Lone Lake
Home Owners Association have received a Department of Ecology grant to begin
the process of eradicating Brazilian Elodea, an invasive weed that is
choking the lake.

At this meeting the following points will be discussed:

· Results of the Lone Lake survey completed by ReMetrix on September 15th
and 16th. Presentation by Terry McNabb, aquatic vegetation management
specialist, will cover present conditions and possible solutions for
managing Brazilian Elodea.
· Island County Noxious Weed Coordinator, Susan Horton, will present the
progress in writing the Integrated Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan.
· Larry Tsunoda, Department of Fish and Wildlife representative, and Gil
Nyerges of the Whidbey Island Fly Fishing Club will share support and
concerns for the Lone Lake project.

Time for your questions and comments will be included.

If you need further information please contact Pat Clark, LLHA President at
360-321-4548 or email

Your participation is important! Please attend!

Tom Hawkins

Newbie is fine w/me, I havent been FFing too long
Growing Interest.......

Phone calls and inquiries are coming in.......
individuals and clubs want to be, prevention and preservation are amongst the list of why's......
Folks from Oregon are inquiring......
We are developing a letter of support......
If any of you can find the time to join this effort, at least scrutinize the information, (I promise you "no salesman will call and no spam) it will surely be for a beneficial cause for everyone concerned.
e-mail to:
The Whidbey Island Fly Fishing Club is not a PAC/G of any nature, we just want to save a valuable fishery, not only for the fly fishing world but for all anglers that have enjoyed Lone Lake in the past and ever expect to in the future. We do not want this weed to spread.
Some prominant members of the steelhead coalition are on board with this and only as an example do I bring that cause into the conversation, ie; the voice of many are heard, the voice of a few.....well, you know the end of that one..., we need support from the anglers.
WIFFC program last evening was tying salt water patterns for local waters..
with techniques on how to use them......

Tom Hawkins, Secretary, WIFFC