The Devil’s Lake Water Improvement District, after a number of years of study, deliberating and consulting with a wide array of experts, appears to have a winning system to help clean out the lake, add oxygen to its water and thereby making the lake more hospitable for raising salmon and trout.
District Executive Director Josh Brainerd says fixed position lake water treatment devices, attached to the lake bottom, have been cranking out improvements to the lake’s water quality. In addition to adding oxygen to the water, they’re pushing the water around, making it more mobile. No more sitting in one place going stagnant.
Brainerd says the salmon and trout that hatch up several creeks above Devil’s Lake will continue to produce young fish which will have a better chance of surviving in the lake due to its healthier water.
Brainerd adds that another multi-fountain water improvement device will soon be plying the waters of the lake. It won’t be attached to the lake bed. It’ll be moved around the lake to various strategic spots to add more oxygen to the water.
The project has been a very long time in coming. Brainerd says the re-invigoration of Devil’s Lake should help produce a lot more fish up streams that feed the lake, fish growing larger in the lake itself and then eventually heading down the D-River out to the open sea. Some of them will return to spawn and produce even more young fish as the life cycle repeats itself.