By Robert Lucke
Walleyes Unlimited offered money and manpower to improving Beaver Creek Reservoir at the regular October meeting of the Hill County Park Board.
Doug Komrosky, representing the Hill County Walleye chapter explained to the board.
We can do what we did at Fresno out at Beaver Creek, Komrosky said. Ninety-five percent of our budget gets spent here. Most west, out at Fresno. On the other hand we are asking permission to run our boat motors up and down the lake. We simply want to load and unload our boats.
Beaver Creek Reservoir is restricted to boats of ten horsepower or lower. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks as well as some boat fishermen want that regulation changed to being able to use a motor and just not being able to leave a wake.
FWP people have talked to us about the ten horsepower regulation, said board chairman John Goebel. They indicated there might be some gas tax money for the lake if we didnt have the ten horsepower restriction. If we could work out an arrangement to put more docks at Beaver Creek Reservoir, I would be glad to meet with you any time.
I dont fish yet, said board member Steve Mariani. But it is a very small lake. It seems to me that if there were no rules the lake could get cluttered up pretty quickly.
I like to fish, responded Komrosky. I go out by myself but Walleyes Unlimited wants to attract other fishermen. And if we do that those fishermen will spend money here.
You are not going to see bumper to bumper cars out there? asked Mariani.
No, responded Komrosky. Although remember that now Beaver Creek Reservoir does have a reputation for big northern pike.
I hat to see the big boats, said Kathy Eskestrand, board member. It should be left for dads and kids. There arent that many places for families. Out there they have a chance of catching a big fish.
The bottom line is that we want to work with you, stated Komrosky. We will help you or just give you the money and you spend it any way you want. And we not only have dollars to help you but manpower too. Our membership is around 400 now and we can call on them any time.
I think maybe we could take the ten horsepower rule off for a trial basis, said board member Larry Kinsella. And we could let them use motors to load and unload. I personally wouldnt want to say yes or no, either way.
In other park business, presently there are 2296 cows and calves on Beaver Creek Park. 500 or 600 more are coming on later this month and 300 to 400 are leaving shortly.
It looks like it is going to be a good year for cattle on the park, said Park Superintendent Bernie Golie.
Park Secretary, Donna Golie reported that to date Beaver Lode receipts are $8,307,50. So far in 1999 park sticker sales total $14,555.00.
The next regular park board meeting will be Nov. 1, 1999, in the Court House meeting room.