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Homeowners Monthly Board Meeting
Our monthly Board meeting will be this Monday, November 16th at 7:00pm. We will be meeting thru Zoom online. If you would like to log on and view the meeting the details are below. We always appreciate your input but discussion will only be open to the board members. Please have your questions or concerns voiced at the beginning of the meeting. If you are unable to make the online meeting feel free to contact any of the board members with your comments or concerns. You may also leave comments on our Facebook page.
Meeting ID: 97001876103 Password 937124
If you have problems logging in call 847-922-5572.
Herbicide Treatment of the Lake
McCloud will be doing a herbicide treatment on June 12th 2020. There are no swimming restrictions. We are only treating about 10% of the lake as we are doing spot treatments that target the Eurasion Water Milfoil. These areas were selected based on the lake scans and rake sampling of the areas to confirm the presence of EWM. There are small red buoys on the lake that mark the general areas of treatment. You are able to use the lake water to water your lawns but you should wait 3 days after treatment before using on any of your flowering plants.
Lake County Temporary Burn Ban
The Lake County Board enacted an emergency ordinance that temporarily bans open burning in unincorporated Lake County through July 15, 2020. Small recreational fires are permitted. Burning of yard waste or other refuse causing smoke is the issue due to the risk for individuals with respiratory problems. For more information go to: Lake County website. To report a violation call 847-377-2999.
Carp Fest 2020
This years Carp Fest will look a little different. Our fishing dates are May 14th to the 24th. We will also have two measuring dates for the carp. May 17th at 1:00 p.m. at Downey Park and again on May 24th at 1:00 p.m. at Downey Park. We will have a garbage bin available at the park for you to dispose of your caught carp. This year there will be no lunch at the park on Memorial Day like we have in the past. There also will be no prizes other than bragging rights for the most carp caught and the longest carp. So time to break out your fishing poles and load them up with your favorite carp bait. Please register at:
If you are new to the Highland Lake Community you might not know that we have been holding our annual Carp Fest for over 27 years. It has become a wonderful family tradition to fish for carp in mid May ending on Memorial Day with a picnic and games in Downey Park. To keep the carp species in check we encourage you to Catch and Cook or Catch and Dispose. We know many will be disappointed with this years lack of festivities but we all hope for a better event next year. Thanks to Ron J. and Mark R. for hosting this event for the past 20 years or so. Good luck and let's knock down the carp population.
UPDATE: Fishing has been slow but here are a couple of catches.
Eagle Sighting at Downey Park
On Monday April 20th 2020 an eagle was spotted in a tree at Downey Park. John S. was able to capture these patriotic bird. Also the wood ducks are back and were spotted by Maggie. If you have some amazing photos of more wildlife on Highland Lake be sure to share them with us.
Highland Lake Ice Fishing Derby
This years Fishing Derby was a great success. We had around 12 fisherman and a few visitors. The weather was in the 30's and the ice was thick. The fish starting biting early Saturday morning when Ron M. landing a 36" Northern Pike. That early morning catch set the bar high for the other fishermen. We saw plenty of other big ones when Ron J. caught a 32" Northern Pike. Both catches were released. The variety of fish landed consisted of crappy, walleye, small mouth bass and even a large mouth bass. Over $140.00 was raised for our Fish Stocking fund. The event ended on Sunday with homemade chili for the guys and a trophy presentation. This years trophy went on the mantel of the Mittlestaedt family for Ron's 36" Pike.
We hope to see more participants next year!