At the 2015 annual membership meeting, FOG members authorized a project to stock bluegills into the Gile flowage to help control the population of aquatic invasive species - more specifically the spiny water flea (SWF). With the assistance of Zach Lawson the Iron County Fisheries Biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, this project is moving forward in 2016.
Thanks to generous support of FOG members, local businesses, and the public we are happy to announce that FOG has received over $5,250 in donations (as of December, 2015) for the purchasing young bluegills for stocking into the Gile Flowage. Special thanks to FOG Board members Ken Egveldt, Gary Hopp, Tom Thorp, and Harold Schmude for distributing and collecting the now famous Booty-For-Bluegills blue buckets!
On Monday May 2, 2016 FOG completed the first stocking of 5,000 young Bluegill at the Pence Landing on the west side of the flowage. Additonal FOG posted voluntary bluegill limit signage at all 4 public landing asking fishermen to voluntarily limit their catches of bluegill to 10 fish while we attemp to improve this fishery. Additional information can be found in this article courtesy of The Daily Globe: http://www.yourdailyglobe.com/story/2016/05/03/news/friends-of-gile-stock-flowage-with-bluegill/6588.html
On Saturday May 20th, 2017 FOG stocked an additional 5,600 young Bluegill in the Gile flowage.
At this time FOG does not have any additional stockings planned. We are currently working with the WI DNR in an attempt to locate source of native bluegill from a nearby water body to transfer to the Gile Flowage.
Check back again for more updates on this project.