Projects & Activites
Presently Being Updated (tjb) (2-6-13)
Fishery Stocking Efforts
The Club's initial stocking, during the fall of 2003, was done with the aid of a grant from Wildlife Forever. Approximately 1500 fingerling walleyes were stocked in Brinker Lake f/k/a East Lake. Brinker Lake was stocked again in 2004 this time with Club-raised funds. In 2005 the Club stocked approximately 800 4-6" fingerlings into Big Woods Lake in Cedar Falls. The Club also expanded its stocking efforts outside the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metro area by stocking 200 fingerlings in the Grundy County Lake near Dike. All the stocked fish, except those stocked in the Grundy County Lake, bear a freeze brand. The brand is permanent and will allow the Iowa DNR to identify the fish stocked by the club from those stocked by the DNR. These initial stockings should be reaching the 10-17" range by the Fall of 2006. During a recent electric shocking survey of Brinker Lake by the DNR, over half the walleyes surveyed were those stocked by the club. This stocking from 2006 to the present time has been an important part of the Cedar Valley Walleye Clubs effort to maintain a quality walleye fishery in area lakes.
Assist DNR & U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
The Club has assisted the Iowa DNR in placing fish habitat into Brinker lake. Clubmembers arranged the donation of cement blocks and other materials necessary for the placement of the habitat structures. The Club has also provided staffing and promotional assistance to the DNR at the annual trout stocking event at North Prairie Lake in Cedar Falls (scheduled for April 13th this year). The Club has also contributed $500 towards the construction costs of a floating structure used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to raise native mussels. One of these structures was placed in George Wyth Lake and another was placed in an oxbow lake formed by the Cedar River on the grounds of the Hartman Reserve.
Rasing Funds & Having Fun
The Club holds a series of fishing tournaments for its members. Part of the revenue raised is retained by the Club for use with its ongoing activities. The top point earners may qualify for the Cabelas National Team championship. In 2005 a single 2 person team was selected by Cabelas to participate in the tournament. In 2006, two teams were selected to participate, due to the Club's increasing membership and tournament participation. In 2011 the club sent 4 teams to NTC in Escanoba MI. One team placing 26th. In 2012 the CVWC again sent 4 Teams to Millacs Lake in Mn. with two of them placing in the top 6 positions. 20% of monies rasied from the tournaments go back into the "Kids Fishing the Cedar Valley" program for prizes given to the kids in the tournaments sponsered by the CVWC each Winter & Spring.
The Club has held youth fishing events during the past 9 years to promote Kid's Fishing The Cedar Valley with great success. This January there was 130+ Kids fishing the Ice Tournament. We are anticpating a larger turnout for the Spring Tournament in April. Each kid that enters the tournament receives a prize that is given out by the Cedar Valley Walleye Club. The Prizes are purchased thru our Sponsers which we would not be able to support the "Kids Fishing the Cedar Valley" event.