by · September 24, 2018

Mussleman’s Lake, where the sun always shines…even when it’s behind the clouds.

Musselman's Lake, Ontario, Canada

Musselman’s Lake, Ontario, Canada

What a summer we have had! The weather has been amazing and Musselman’s Lake water has been clear and warm.
The MLRA apologizes for not  posting as regularly as we normally do but we we have been quietly working  in the background on a couple developing issues affecting our Lake Community. We want to take this opportunity to update everyone.

Invasive Species Released In Our Lake.

It was brought to our attention in July that some person, in an act that defies logic put 7 large KOI fish into Musselman’s Lake.  No doubt you have seen these large colourful fish in the shallows of the water.  We have been trying to remove them from
our Lake but to date we have not had a lot of success in getting help with this.
The MLRA has been in contact with the Ministry of Natural Resources and are still waiting on a response, the party that we have been looking to get in touch with is on vacation until mid October, but we will followup.
We have also been in touch with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters to see if they could be of any assistance and unfortunately they are not a reactionary group and are only set up for education.
Our contacts at the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority (LSRCA), have been a huge help but, unfortunately they have had limited success battling a similar problem with invasive KOI being dumped in drainage areas. On a positive note, we have learned a lot from the LSRCA and they continue to be a valuable resource for the MLRA.

WE NEED YOUR HELP. The large KOI are carp that have been bred for their colour, and are considered to be an extremely invasive species and will upset the delicate ecology of our Lake quite quickly.  They do like to hang out in the shallows and although they are bottom feeders they will come to the surface for food and apparently like, corn, bread, peas and watermelon.  The good news is that they don’t breed until late in the spring and early summer as they like to wait until the water warms up.  We will continue to work with the different agencies to try and get a team out to trap this fish, but we need your help.  Please try and catch these fish in any manner you can. If you do manage to catch one, let us know so we can keep track of the remaining numbers.  Lets get these extremely invasive fish out of our Lake!

Election Is Coming!

We are sure that everyone is well aware there is a very important election in Stouffville and this is your opportunity to Have Your Say And VOTE.
Dates to remember:
All Candidates Meeting
Wednesday September 19th
This is your chance to listen to what the Candidates have to say.
Advanced Polls
Saturday October 6th and Saturday October 13th
Monday October 15th at 7pm
Monday October 22nd.