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Q: What can be done about the problem of underage drivers using golf carts on the roads around the lake?

A: Many people have expressed safety concerns about this, both around the lake, and in the monthly Town of Upham board meetings.  If you look under "Ordinances" on this website, you will see the ordinance adoped in 2006 that gives golfers the privilege of driving to and from the course for golf.  We strongly encourage families to NOT ALLOW their children to go against this ordinance and the law.  The Sheriff''s Dept. encourages reporting of this kind of offense, as there is serious concern for the lives of the children seen driving and riding (often more than 2, and sometimes standing up) these carts on the road.  Several adult residents have reported near misses to the Town Board.  No one wants to see golfers lose these driving privileges due to the actions of a few families, nor do we want this to be one of those things that nobody fixes until there is a serious injury or death!

Q: What can you tell us about the fish population in Greater Bass Lake?

A: Here is the latest DNR fish study report from DNR Fisheries Specialist Dave Seibel:

We surveyed 4.41 miles of the shoreline on the night of June 3, 2013.

 In general we got a pretty decent largemouth bass and bluegill sample, which is what we were after.  The bass 18 inch size limit went into effect in 2003 and compared to 1999 data, the largemouth bass population is quite a bit better.  I hope it keeps improving in both numbers and size quality.  It also appears that the better bass population is also contributing to more bigger panfish like bluegill and crappie.  We will continue to monitor the bass and panfish populations, but it looks like the bass regulation is working as intended and contributing to an overall better fishery in Greater Bass Lake.
 
In 1999, about 24% of largemouth bass were larger than 12”, in 2007 33% were, in 2009 70% were, 70% again in 2010, and in 2013, 57% were larger than 12”.  This is a 2-3 fold improvement from 1999.  In 1999, about 11% of largemouth bass were larger than 14”, in 2007 9% were, in 2009 39% were, 35% in 2010, and 33% were larger than 14” in 2013.  In 1999 no largemouth bass in our sample were larger than 17”.  In 2007 about 1% were larger than 17” and in 2009 it was 9% and in 2010 it was 20%.  We did not catch a largemouth bass larger than 17” in 2013 but it may have been the survey or the night, since it was a 1 night survey and in 2009 and 2010 it was a netting survey done over multiple days and in 1999 it was a comprehensive survey where we did a bunch of netting (3 time periods) and shocking (4 nights of the entire shoreline).
 
Numbers of bass have also improved almost tripling from 1999 to 2013.  Everything is pointing to a better largemouth bass and panfish population in Greater Bass Lake as was the hope and plan.  Let’s hope this trend continues.

 Our next survey will not likely be until 2017 or 2018.

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Q: Can you ride bikes and/or walk around the lake by road?

A: You can get all around the lake by road; in order to do it safely for everyone remember the following:

1. When biking, ride on the right side, moving with traffic, single file.

2.  When walking, stay on the left side of the road, facing oncoming traffic.  If you are not walking alone, be sure to walk  single file when vehicles approach.