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Fall Dock Removal

posted Sep 3, 2020, 6:26 PM by ByllesbyAssociation

LAKE BYLLESBY RESIDENTS

Fall 2020

The Cannon Falls Football Booster Club (CFFBC) will again this fall be offering "Community Service Projects" in the Cannon Falls area.

The Football Booster Club will be removing docks and lifts on Saturday Oct. 10th. Starting at 9:00 am we will split into two groups and work our way around the lake. Should we have inclement weather we will use Oct. 17th as a makeup date.

The fee for this service will be a financial donation to the Cannon Falls Football Booster Club (501 C3 Corporation) with a minimum suggested donation of $150.00. Of course, donations in excess of this minimum are encouraged and welcomed. Donations may be tax deductible and a receipt can be provided as requested.

All proceeds from these projects will go directly back into the football program at Cannon Falls. All donations will be used for football equipment, weight room equipment, scholarships, etc. Please call or email to set up your appointment.

Thank you for your continued support of the Cannon Falls Football program!

Luke Swanson Email me at swansonluke@yahoo.com Text or Call-507-298-7553

Too many weeds? Check this out...

posted Jul 22, 2020, 10:33 AM by ByllesbyAssociation   [ updated Jul 22, 2020, 10:35 AM ]


June 2020 Byllboard Newsletter

posted Jun 29, 2020, 5:29 AM by ByllesbyAssociation   [ updated Jun 29, 2020, 5:35 AM ]

The June 2020 Byllboard Newsletter is now available!  Members should have had it emailed to them.  All can access under the left menu NEWS, theN BYLLBOARD NEWSLETTERS.

There is also a copy of the letter right below this post!

Lakeshore Stewardship from the LBIA Board

posted Jun 20, 2020, 7:48 AM by ByllesbyAssociation

To All,

Here is a short video guide to lakeshore stewardship through the Minnesota Clean Water Council. Hope you can all find time to view it.

LBIA Board


Message from Don Dinesen, Randolph TWP Chair

posted Jun 15, 2020, 12:25 PM by ByllesbyAssociation

Dakota County is working to improve County 88 by upgrading it to state standards for state assistance funding. This is similar to such roads as County 47, County 86, and County 46. It is a step up from the roads current status where the road is not eligible for state assistance.  This requires the road to have a width of 110 feet, including ditches. The county has attempted to minimize problems with existing residences and the present plan does not affect any houses. There is a lot of discussion surrounding the incorporation of a bike trail in the plan. This should be labeled for what it is - the plan allows for a bike path to eventually become constructed within the new roadway, but it will not be constructed as part of this project, and Dakota County is not going to pay for it. The state DNR has authority over the construction of the bike path, and funding for the bike path project has to come through the DNR's legislative process (i.e. some future bonding bill). This does not have anything to do with the width of the new roadway. Also, people have asked if the bike trail could use Gerlach Avenue instead of the proposal along part of County 88. Gerlach Avenue is a township road that is already substandard, even by Township standards, and has no shoulders. Putting groups of bicyclists on that road would be very dangerous. I personally believe that very few support this idea. 

So, in conclusion,  the roadway needs to be 110 feet in width to meet state standards, and has nothing to do with a proposed bike trail. The bike trail is the responsibilty of the state DNR and will only happen sometime in the future if the DNR gets the legislature to bond for it. The bike trail location is still somewhat fluid, especially between Felton Avenue and State Highway 56. Dakota County has attempted to minimize impacts to many properties along County 88, while improving a fifty year old roadway that needs rebuilding. As always, comments are welcome and Randolph Township's monthly meeting is next Tuesday, June 16th, at 7:00 pm, Randolph City Hall. 

Don Dinesen 
Chairman
Randolph Township

Harmful algal blooms

posted Jun 13, 2020, 6:03 AM by ByllesbyAssociation   [ updated Jun 13, 2020, 6:06 AM ]

Helpful information from Minnesota Department of Health.

DNR to phase reopening of its campgrounds in June

posted Jun 13, 2020, 5:50 AM by ByllesbyAssociation

May 21, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will reopen its campgrounds at state parks, state forests and recreation areas in a phased approach beginning June 1. Gov. Tim Walz announced that public and private campgrounds may reopen beginning June 1, if they create a Preparedness Plan and follow State of Minnesota campground guidelines PDF.

“We look forward to welcoming overnight visitors back to DNR-managed camping and lodging facilities in June,” said DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen. “Our staff are already out conducting assessments of campsite conditions and preparing to receive visitors. We will open as much as we can on June 1, but this will be a phased process based on staffing and safety considerations.”

State parks and recreation areas are like small cities that need to have all of their infrastructure restarted in order to reopen. This includes water, sewer, power, roads, trails and buildings. During the Stay at Home Order, the DNR limited its on-site parks and trails workforce to only those employees most critical to support day-use activities, to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and allow time for critical public health preparations across Minnesota. While this was necessary to protect public health, as a result, the DNR now has a lot of work left to do to ready campgrounds and lodging for overnight visitors.

While more details will be available in the coming weeks, the DNR generally plans to open sites as soon as they are ready. Dispersed camping in state forests is already allowed, and we anticipate the following general timeline going forward:
May 22: The DNR will open 75 remote campsites in state parks for use on Memorial Day weekend, most of which had existing reservations. Another 80 remote sites are expected to be ready by May 29.
June 1: The DNR anticipates having about 20-30 of its campgrounds within state parks, recreation areas and forest campgrounds ready to open, with limited services. Some lodging options, such as camper cabins and yurts, will also open on June 1. In general, visitors can expect that water systems will be turned on, grounds will be maintained, and vault toilets/porta-toilets will be available. However, some value-added services may not be ready or available at that point, such as showers and contact/ranger stations.
June 8: The DNR will reopen another 20-30 campgrounds and lodging facilities, the rest of its remote campsites, and many of its contact/ranger stations.
June 15: The DNR plans to have the rest of the campgrounds open and most areas with full services. The Mary Gibbs Café at Itasca State Park, some nature stores, and ancillary buildings, such as fish cleaning facilities and picnic shelters with reduced capacities, will be reopened where possible.

Campers should come prepared with their own hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, paper towels, toilet paper and other supplies for use at their campsites and available bathrooms.

The DNR will leave the following facilities and amenities closed until further notice: beaches, pond-pools, housekeeping cabins, visitor centers, group centers, fire towers, large-group facilities (such as amphitheaters), group tours and other scheduled interpretive programs.

Minnesotans are encouraged to use the following guidelines to minimize potential points of virus transmission:
Travel as directly to destination as possible, and minimize stops along the way.
Attempt to bring all needed supplies with you.
If you do need to stop for gas or supplies, wear a cloth face covering.
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching common surfaces (gas pumps, door handles, shared bathrooms, etc.).
Do not travel if sick.

Visitors are advised to check the DNR’s COVID-19 website for the latest information about facility status and reopening timelines.

Information directly from https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/news/2020/05/21/dnr-phase-reopening-its-campgrounds-june

Attention RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS

posted May 17, 2020, 9:11 AM by ByllesbyAssociation

Next Wed May 20th we will be closing 294th St Ct, 294th St, Faith Ct, and Gerlach Way

Next Thurs May 21st we wil be closing Echo Point Road and Finch Ct.

They will be closed for 24 hours for resurfacing.  PLEASE park your vehicles outside of the closed road and WALK to your car if you must leave during that 24 hour period.  This product we will be resurfacing with is a thin layer of black concrete/rock/water/plutonium and oil.  If you drive on it, it will leave a permanent rut in YOUR road.  Please make arrangements for this 24 hour period (it will be shorter but depends on drying conditions)

Please tell your neighbors.

Please share.   I don't want to go door to door with flyers.   Thanks
Mark / Don / Tom
Randolph Township Supervisors.

Anglers can prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species

posted May 8, 2020, 7:00 AM by ByllesbyAssociation

Clean, drain, dispose every time

This weekend’s fishing opener comes with a reminder to always follow Minnesota’s laws to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Along with taking care to follow social distancing guidelines while fishing and boating, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said it’s also important to take a few minutes for invasive species prevention every time a boat comes out of the water.

Lt. Col. Greg Salo, DNR Enforcement Division assistant director, said that’s true every time, whether or not an enforcement officer or watercraft inspector is present.

“All anglers and boaters in Minnesota are required to take three simple steps: clean, drain, dispose,” Salo said. “It’s not only the best way to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, but it’s also the law in Minnesota.”

People must clean aquatic plants and debris from watercraft, drain lake or river water and keep drain plugs out during transport, and dispose of unwanted bait in the trash, not in the water.

In addition to these required steps, the DNR also recommends that anglers:

Spray boat and trailer with high-pressure water;
Rinse boat and trailer with very hot water (120 degrees for two minutes; or 140 degrees for 10 seconds); or
Dry boat and equipment for at least five days.
More information is available at mndnr.gov/AIS.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Executive Order 20-38 allows people to be outdoors, engaging in activities such as walking, running, fishing and hunting. We urge outdoor enthusiasts to:

Stay close to home.
Not congregate when outdoors.
Follow social distancing guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health. 
Remain home if they are ill or exhibiting any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Social distancing guidelines while boating include:

Only boat with people in your immediate household.
Do not invite guests or anyone outside your household onto your boat.
Do not go boating if someone in your group is feeling sick or may have been exposed to someone who is sick.
When launching your boat, keep a safe distance of at least six feet from others.
Most state-managed public accesses are open, though the availability of amenities, such as docks, are contingent upon seasonal maintenance.

More information, including a video with social distancing tips while boating, is available on the DNR COVID-19 Response webpage.

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DNR proposal aims to safeguard big bluegills
People can provide input online about lowering bag limits on some lakes

Anglers can weigh in on whether to keep fewer bluegills from some Minnesota lakes as a way to protect and improve the sizes of one of the state’s most prized and frequently caught fish.

“We’re hearing from more and more of our stakeholders, every-day anglers, resort owners, fishing guides and fishing celebrities that they’d like more opportunities for large bluegill,” said Dave Weitzel, Grand Rapids area fisheries supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

DNR area fisheries staff worked with local anglers and angling groups to identify lakes where bluegill size could be improved by lowering bag limits. Under this proposal, some lakes would have a bag limit of five bluegills and others a limit of 10. Reduced bag limits have worked on other Minnesota lakes in past years to maintain big bluegills under increasing fishing pressure. In some cases, the number of big bluegills in those lakes increased.

The statewide limit is 20 bluegills per angler. Bluegills are also known as sunfish.

The DNR has posted a list of proposed lakes designated for changes, as well as how people can provide input at mndnr.gov/sunfish. People can provide input now into this fall. The DNR will post informational signs at water accesses on lakes included in the proposal.

“We really want to get the public’s opinion on these regulations. A regulation only works if people support it,” Weitzel said. “We believe that, through the use of reduced bag limits, we can definitely maintain our high-quality bluegill fisheries, and maybe even improve some of those that have slipped over the years. And it’s going to benefit anglers.”

This proposal is the result of years of discussion and the review of angler and lake survey data. The DNR heard from anglers that they’re satisfied with the number of bluegills they catch, but that the size of the fish has been decreasing.

The DNR mailed questions to a random selection of anglers and asked about the level of support for reducing bag limits for the whole state. While anglers did not overwhelmingly support a statewide change, there was strong support for reducing limits on selected lakes.

Based on input collected through the summer, the DNR will make any necessary changes to the proposal, and new regulations could go into effect March 1, 2021.

Bluegill biology and fishing

On any lake, anglers can voluntarily help protect big bluegills by releasing or limiting their harvest of those eight inches or bigger.

Spawning bluegills are particularly prone to over harvest because they are very aggressive while defending a nest. Anglers can help by releasing spawning bluegills, especially large, nesting males. Released fish have a high survival rate and will typically return to their nests to complete the spawning cycle.

Fish are a healthy source of protein but any fish – even those bought in a store – can contain contaminants that can harm human health, especially in children and fetuses. You can learn more by checking out fish consumption guidelines in the fishing regulations booklet.

More information about sunfish biology and management can be found at mndnr.gov/sunfish.

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DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac
Leave deer fawns alone, urges DNR

Deer fawns are being born this time of year and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks that people avoid disturbing or touching them.

Most fawns are born in mid-May to mid-June, and fawns do not attempt to evade predators during their first few weeks of life. Instead, they remain still to avoid being seen. During these times, fawns are learning critical survival skills from their mothers but are often left on their own while their mothers are foraging nearby. Be assured deer fawns are fine even if they look abandoned or fragile.

For more information about what to do if you find fawns or other species of baby wild animals, visit the DNR website.

Regional fishing reports available from DNR in preparation for opener

Anglers looking for local information before the Saturday, May 9 fishing opener for walleye, bass, northern pike and trout in lakes can gain local knowledge from regional fishing reports by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The regional fishing reports include details about local waters throughout each region, and can be found on the DNR website.

Reminder: Mississippi River border waters fishing regulations changed in March

Anglers on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border waters of the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin should be aware of new possession and length limits for a variety of fish in place since March. The regulation changes represented the first comprehensive update of regulations on the Mississippi River border waters in nearly 70 years. These and the rest of the 2020 Minnesota fishing regulations are available on the DNR website.

Removing lake plants could require a permit

Lakeshore property owners are reminded that a permit may be required to remove aquatic plants, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Aquatic plants provide food and shelter for fish, ducks and other wildlife. They also stabilize the lake bottom, which helps maintain water clarity, and protect shorelines from erosion by absorbing energy from waves and ice.

The DNR frequently receives questions about devices that generate water current to blast muck and plants away. They have various trade names, but the DNR refers to these devices generically as hydraulic jets. Even though you can buy one, they cannot be used in any way that disturbs the bottom of the lake or uproots plants.

Specific regulations govern what situations require permits for aquatic plant removal. Regulations and a guide to aquatic plants can be found on the DNR website. To apply for a permit, visit the DNR’s permitting and reporting system.

DNR posts routine, seasonal fishing closures

As in previous years, to protect spawning fish, the Department of Natural Resources has begun to close certain portions of some Minnesota waters to fishing. These closings are routine and based on local conditions. Closings occur each year as ice-out begins and waters begin to warm.

The DNR closes spawning locations to fishing only where habitat is limited and fish are very concentrated in one location, such as a river or the bay of a lake where fish are congregated during spawning. Areas closed to fishing are listed and updated on the DNR website.

DNR urges anglers to fish close to home

posted May 8, 2020, 6:56 AM by ByllesbyAssociation

DNR News Release

For Immediate Release:

May 6, 2020

Questions? Contact DNR Information Center by email or call 888-646-6367. 


DNR urges anglers to fish close to home this fishing opener

New “close to home” guidelines minimize potential virus transmission

Fishing opener is a Minnesota rite of springtime, and this Saturday’s kickoff of fishing for walleye, bass, trout in lakes, and northern pike will have anglers on the water to wet a line, reconnect with nature and benefit from time spent outdoors.

While the fishing opener is a time-honored tradition, the COVID-19 pandemic requires that Minnesotans approach the fishing opener differently this year, said DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen.

“We need for Minnesotans to fish close to home,” Strommen said. “This is not the time to travel long distances to fish since travel can spread the COVID-19 virus, particularly to rural communities that may have more virus-vulnerable populations.”

To help anglers and other people engaging in outdoor recreation determine what “close to home” means in the context of COVID-19, the DNR, in consultation with the Minnesota Department of Health, developed additional guidelines. Following these guidelines will minimize potential opportunities for transmission:

  • No overnight stays.
  • Bring all needed supplies with you.
  • Only go as far as you can travel and return on a single tank of gas or single charge for EV drivers.

Strommen said these guidelines will help protect many rural communities that are home to older Minnesotans and American Indians, groups that have a higher incidence of underlying health conditions. 

Many destination fishing spots are in and near these communities and anglers don’t just go to the boat ramp, but visit the convenience store, gas station and grocery store. Small town residents use these same retail outlets and one viral transmission can have serious impacts on a rural community.

“Let’s remember that part of the fishing opener tradition is teaching the next generation,” Strommen said. “Let’s teach them to protect our fellow Minnesotans by finding the many wonderful fishing opportunities we have close to home. It’s an important lesson that goes beyond fishing. We can have a great opener and stay safe.”

Maintain social distancing and buy license early
Anglers also need to maintain appropriate social distancing by staying at least 6 feet from people from other households. This is essential at boat launches, shore fishing areas, and fishing piers.

Anglers planning to fish on the water also should only boat with those in their immediate household and maintain a minimum six-foot distance from other boats at all times. Beaching or rafting with other boats is not allowed.

When launching or loading a boat, boaters should give those ahead plenty of time and space to finish launching or loading before approaching.

To avoid crowding at license agents, the DNR is encouraging anglers to buy their fishing licenses early, and consider buying online and then saving that license on your phone.

“You can feel good about spending money on a fishing license and walleye stamp because we use those dollars to improve fishing opportunities today and create better fisheries habitat and fish populations for the future,” said Brad Parsons, DNR Fisheries Section manager.

Licenses are available online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense. Even if anglers don’t intend to fish on opening weekend, the DNR is encouraging them to purchase a license, and consider purchasing a voluntary walleye stamp. The investment in the license and additional $5 for the walleye stamp ensures management of the state’s fishing resources, creation of habitat that benefits fish and aquatic systems, and ensures good fishing for future generations.

While fishing seasons open Saturday, May 9, for walleye, northern pike, bass, and trout in lakes, some fishing seasons are open all year for panfish and other species. Trout season in streams opened in April. A full list of seasons can be found on the DNR website.

Water access, AIS, and water safety reminders
Anglers should know that conditions at water access sites may differ from those encountered in previous years. For example, while DNR-managed accesses are open, spring maintenance has not been completed and amenities such as courtesy docks will not be in place in some locations. Other public and private access sites may not be open.

More information on DNR-managed public water accesses is available online here.

Anglers play a vital role in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. Every time their boat comes out of the water – whether or not an AIS inspector or enforcement officer is present – boaters must clean aquatic plants and debris from their watercraft, drain lake or river water, and dispose of unwanted bait in the trash. Boaters must remember to keep their drain plugs out and water draining devices open while transporting watercraft.

Finally, everyone on a boat should wear their life jacket and children fishing from shore or on piers should wear life jackets. It’s especially vital during the cold-water season. Wearing a life jacket is the best way to ensure an unexpected fall into cold water doesn’t turn tragic.

More information about fishing is available on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/fishing. Those new to fishing can find helpful information at the DNR’s learn to fish webpage.

For fishing news, follow the DNR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and look to participate in the agency’s fishing photo contest next week on those platforms.


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