Fishing with Mark

The following article was written based on an interview with Mark Lovering who is a seasonal camper at Lake Forest Resort on the north shore.

Q: How long have you been fishing Great East?

A: About 9 years.

Q: What species are found in Great East?

A: Rainbow trout, lake trout, pickerel, sunfish, black crappie, perch, small and large mouth bass.

Q: What is the best strategy in the spring, before Memorial Day?

A: The Temperature of the water is critical, below 50 degrees everything bites. Even Lake Trout will venture into shallow waters. The Second Basin and Scribner River are good early in the season for all species. Fish the shallow waters with surface lure; popper plugs are exciting when a bass hits on the surface. You can use a “rattletrap lipless crank bait” (a plastic small fish imitation which is retrieved) or a “Senko” plastic worm which can be rigged weedless by threading the hook thru the tip and embedding the point in the body. These colorful worms wiggle as they sink and are irresistible to bass.

Q: What about after Memorial Day?

A: When the water temperature reaches 60 degrees most species retreat to deeper waters. The female large mouth bass spawn in the shallow waters and lay their eggs in about a week. The smaller males guard the nest for a month afterwards. A few bass, pickerel, and perch stay in the Basin and River all summer. A night crawler and bobber will still provide a youngster with a chance to catch a fish.

Q: In the summer– June, July and August– where are the opportunities?

A: The large mouth bass, which is what I primarily fish for, move to large rocks 15 to 30 feet deep. These are found off points and around islands and rock shoals, sometimes several hundred feet away. You must fish down on the bottom. I use a double tailed grub or other “creature” lures which simulate crawfish, on a ”football” jig and let it sink. I have caught several lake trout while fishing for bass with this rig.

Q: What do you recommend for rods and reels?

A: I provide closed face spin reels, Zebco type, because they are easy for my guests to use, and fluorocarbon line because it transmits the feel of the lures. For more experienced fishermen, open faced spin reels or casting reels with braided line are popular.

Q: How does the weather affect the fishing?

A: When a cold front passes, play golf! The fish will not be active. When it is windy, a spinner lure below the waves will raise fish. The temperature and clarity of the water are important.

Q: And finally, what do you like best about fishing?

A: I like being out on the water, enjoying the sky and the weather. I see eagles, ospreys, Canada geese and loons and their young: every bird, fish and reptile interacting in a beautiful environment. When you work indoors as I do every day during the week, being out on Great East Lake on weekends is the

About the Watershed Survey

 We are pleased to announce that the Great East Lake 2021 Watershed Report is finished and
available as a PDF link below. Many thanks to Jon Balanoff, the AWWA Executive Director, for
his perseverance in seeing the project through to this point.
We all know that our lake is very clear and clean, but the challenge before us is to keep it that
way for future generations. The survey identified many sites throughout the watershed that
threaten its present condition. Here is a quick summary of the findings:

           -25 sites were identified as having a high impact on water quality
           -97 sites were identified with medium impact
           -101 sites were identified with low impact

Of these 200+ sites, about half of them require no-cost or low-cost remediation. The other half
are more involved, more technically challenging, and will have a greater expense associated with
them. Please keep in mind that AWWA’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is available to assist
with remediation projects and property owners need only pay the cost for materials, not labor.

Letters and emails have been sent to all participating members informing them if erosion issues
were found on their property or not. If issues were found, members were provided with details
of the findings and suggested remediation methods.

If you do not receive a letter or email and would like to inquire about findings on your property
you can send your request to either the GELIA Watershed Committee email or the AWWA email
address listed below to request that information. Please provide your name, the property
owner’s name and the property address in your request.

We urge all property owners to read the report as it’s filled with useful information, helpful
remediation options and best practices for all kinds of issues. We also want to stress the
importance of addressing issues promptly should any be identified on your property.
Thank you again to all those who assisted with this survey and thanks to everyone for helping to
keep our lake as clean, clear and beautiful as we possibly can.