As always, the Bayley Lake Spawning Channel cleanup was a lot of work and a
lot of fun. The Channel was more constricted than in past years, but the IEFFC crew was up to the task and created an easy path for the spawning trout.
Our crew of nine volunteers met at 8AM at Maverick’s Restaurant in Colville. Those working on this noteworthy project were Bob Schmitt, Mike Schmitt, Doug Brossoit, Jim Athearn, Lee Funkhouser, Phil Beck, Jake Nelson, Guy Gregory and Denny Carson. Breakfast was wonderful, after which we proceeded to the channel.
The work entails clearing all the heavy grass and debris from the channel, followed by carrying loads of gravel for the spawning beds. There is a lot of heavy lifting involved. The work was steady and the project was done in about three hours.
Following the clearing of the channel we always head over to Bayley Lake to do a little fishing. The fishing was slow, but the fish that were caught were quite large.
A special thanks to Projects Chairman Jerry McBride, who did all the planning for this years cleanup.
Bob and Mike Schmitt
Jim Athearn Hard at Work
Going for the block at the launch
Doug Brossoit on the Rake