The nets are to catch baby bass. The baby bass run into the mesh floating along the reeds and follow it to the net, where they swim through (but the big bass do not fit). The baby bass are taken away and the big bass are left behind. Each netting structure costs between $1000 - $1500. One of the DNR guys spends his winter free time sewing closed the holes in the nets - by hand. They installed around 20 of these structures on Roberts today.
You may have noticed some nets on the lake. These are part of the ongoing fish management project.
Please be respectful of the nets, remembering it is illegal to tamper with them. If you see something, please say something. Also, volunteers are not requested at this time due to the current social distancing guidelines.
The educational posters explain the Roberts Lake Yellow Perch and Walleye Rehabilitation Project in detail. Click the links below the photos to download and read the posters.
Early spring 2019 saw volunteers netting Northerns to be removed from the lake. Don't worry, not a single fish was wasted.
A meeting, attended by several Roberts Lake property owners, was held April 19, 2019 at Wabeno Town Hall. Greg Matzke, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) fisheries biologist, presented a detailed plan designed to decrease the population of northern pike and large mouth bass in Roberts Lake and increase the population of walleye, yellow perch and muskellunge.
The populations of the former have been increasing exponentially since 1999, and the populations of the latter have dropped precipitously in that same time period. WDNR, through Greg Matzke, has developed a comprehensive plan to accomplish the rehabilitation over a period of several years, although there are no guarantees. (The goal gamefish community is: musky 0.15, largemouth bass 1.5, northern pike 3.0, small-mouthed bass 3.5, and walleye 4.0.)
Bob Nack, Association president, reviewed the timeline of the plan development which formally began with a discussion in July of 2017 between the Association and Greg Matzke. The cost to carryout the rehabilitation was discussed. Mole Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has donated substantial funds to Roberts Lake Association over the years. This money would be used to fund plan implementation.
After lengthy discussion, the meeting attendees voted overwhelmingly to move forward with this plan. You may have seen activity on Roberts Lake this spring as the northern pike population is actively decreased. Anglers are encouraged to catch and keep large mouth bass and northern pike rather than catch and release.