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insufficient incentive to report in. In contrast, there are tagged walleye in Black

Clearwater Lake Visitor’s Guide, 2012, page 25

River below Clearwater and they carry tags worth from $10 to $100. But the value isn’t printed on the tag. It is

suspected that some fishermen assume they have a $10 tag when they catch a tagged fish and not worth

Brushpiles getting attention The map of brushpiles in Clearwater Lake is the same as it was in last year’s edition of the Clearwater Visitor Guide. High water most of the spring and summer prevented refurbishing old piles or establishing new ones. But by the time you read this, that should have changed. Paul Cieslewicz, MDC fishery biologist, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned to get busy on brushpile work in March, 2012. They’ll be redoing some of the older brush piles that are thinning down with time. And with luck, they’ll be adding some new locations for fishermen. For it to work well, Paul said they need to find some new places they can access with forestry trucks, near a supply of trees that need to be thinned. And these spots need to be near places that could benefit from brush piles. And ideally the lake will be a little high, but not too much. Clearwater’s winter pool will be in affect then, which is four feet lower than the summer level. Ideally, the lake will be a few feet above winter pool when the work is done. For an up-to-date map of the brush piles, you can contact Paul. HIs email address is Paul.cieslewicz@ He’ll email you a copy. Or call him at 573-

290-5730. And by the way, Paul says he likes to see pictures of fish taken by fishermen

at Clearwater. He even uses some of them in presentations. So if you get a good shot, email him a copy.

Red dots mark. locations of brushpiles in the lake. Many were refurbished this spring and some new ones were added by MDC and the Corps.

turning it in. There were a whole lot of 14 inch walleye in the river last year, incidentally, and they should all be over 15 inches and keepable this year. Paddlefish are also a growing attraction for the lower Black River. Another 500 were stocked.