Ivan Martin

I donít know what to think about the blue green algae scare. We have been catching fish good, especially the black bass and crappie. I can not think the fish are not good to eat. Last Friday we fished for bass for four hours and caught about 30 keepers, with some fish up to almost four pounds. Lots of numbers, but we didnít have any big ones. The two days before that my customers lost big ones at the boat. Weíre dragging a salt flicker or Senko type bait and doing well. Jerry Kropff told me at breakfast this morning he is doing the same thing with similar results.

I tried to fish for crappie Saturday morning. There wasnít another fishing boat on the lake traveling to my honey hole. That is, there wasnít another one, except for a bass boat fisherman exactly on my spot. He didnít know he was sitting on a pile of crappie. He would not leave! We were fishing down-lake and tried to fish for white bass but couldnít find many. I ran into a good friend later who told me they caught 100 whites surfacing around the Elk River earlier that morning. Wrong place, wrong time, for us.

Iíve never seen so few folks on the water on a Fourth of July weekend. I feel sorry for all the businesses on the lake. What with the snow storm when they closed the lake for tournaments, the tornado, and now the blue green algae we have had a tough year. Iím not telling anyone the fish are safe to eat, but I think we are going to go fishing and have a family fish fry.

Bud Note: We contacted Pam Baldwin, the DEQ Blue Green Algae Specialist and posed the safety question. Here is her reply:

"Bud,

Eating fish on Grand should be okay as long as the fish is cleaned extremely well. Meaning the meat is thoroughly washed after filet and all organs are removed. Please let me know if you need any more help or have questions. Thanks!

Pamela Baldwin"

See you on the lake!