Members embraced ESLA’s five “It’s a Shore Thing” events with large turnouts this year.
April Shore Thing: Fishing guides Fred Fields of “Coach’s Charters” and Jim Chamberlain of “Fish with Jim Outfitters” were the featured speakers at Twisted Fish Art Gallery. Fields is one of Michigan’s top smallmouth bass guides and Chamberlain’s specialty is trolling for trout and salmon on Elk and Torch lakes and Grand Traverse Bay. Both of these top guides offered fishing tips and observations on trends.
May Shore Thing: Another large crowd of ESLA members turned out in late May to learn more about our weather from meteorologist Pat Bak from the National Weather Service regional office in Gaylord. His visit happened shortly after a devastating tornado struck Gaylord, one of the worst on record for northern Michigan.
July Shore Thing: Our lake biologist Samantha Ogle and environmental committee leader Jan Garvey explained how ESLA’s 2021 drone-assisted survey of shorelines and shoals has helped ESLA identify invasive species challenges and assist waterfront owners looking to make improvements along their shorelines. A huge turnout and technology challenges that convinced ESLA’s board to move future Shore Things to the Elk Rapids Harbor Pavilion on Grand Traverse East Bay to accommodate larger groups and facilitate visual presentations.
August Shore Thing: Mark Stone, Antrim County’s Director of Dams, explained that increased numbers of high-volume rainstorms has revealed vulnerabilities for our waters and dams in the Elk River Chain of Lakes. He challenged ESLA and other lake associations to lead an effort to find solutions. As in the past, Stone – who will be retiring by the end of 2022 – drew a huge crowd and spoke with passion.
September Shore Thing: Our final 2022 gathering was another major draw, filling every seat at the Harbor Pavilion to hear Hans Van Sumeren, director of the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute at Northwest, and two of his students discuss their summer deep-water research in Elk Lake. ESLA’s outreach to Van Sumeren early in 2022 instigated the Elk Lake research that will become an ongoing partnership in 2023 and beyond.
Have a Shore Thing speaker or subject suggestion for 2023? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.