Got a couple of updates on Aquatic Habitat/Angler Access/Renovation projects. As a matter of fact, I blogged about both of these back in September, Some News Items, September 2017.
As noted the boat ramp/angler access project at Merritt Reservoir was long-awaited and postponed for a year or two because of high water levels. Now, I will NEVER complain about high water in any of our irrigaiton reservoirs, but in this case it did delay the new boat ramp installation at Merritt.
Well, the waiting is over, project completed!
Here is what the approach looks like:
This view shows the breakwater, and gives you an idea where this new ramp is located, south of the old “main” boat ramp.
At Stagecoach Reservoir a planned water level draw-down gave us the opportunity to make some boat ramp and angler access improvements. That work was done on the site of the existing boat ramp.
Again you can see that a breakwater has been added to protect the boat ramp and improve angler access for shoreline anglers. I have caught a darned lot of fish from breakwaters.
If you look closer, you also can see enhanced access for launching kayaks and canoes; just to the right of the new boat ramp in this photo.
While the Stagecoach water level was at minimum pool, we had a young man who for an Eagle Scout project constructed some fish attractor structures and placed them on the north side of the reservoir.
Here is a closer look with Eagle Scout Josh Pachunka posing with his “spider” structures.
Another cool thing about this project was that Josh is the latest in a long line of Pachunka boys to earn the rank of Eagle Scout!
Lastly, Mark Porath our Aquatic Habitat Program Manager in a “photo op” with Josh. THANKS, JOSH! Our fish, and our anglers thank you as well!