Black Lake – The mystery lake

Anyone who has fished Lake Miona has probably heard of “Black Lake”.  Any native old timer will point to the marsh at the east end of Lake Miona.  Some will even enhance the account by talking about the many big Bass to be caught there.  Well, you are too late to experience it! The following series of pictures are from Google Earth historical images. (Click on the image to see a larger version

12/31/2003

12/31/2003

1/26/2011

1/26/2011

12/18/2013

12/18/2013

As is apparent from the last image made 12/18/2003, the effect of draught and encroaching weeds has caused the ditch to be impassable and reduced Black Lake to little more than a puddle.  I actually tried to navigate it in a kayak a few years ago and had to turn around.  The ditch was so narrow, I didn’t know if I’d be able to turn around.  It was hot and stuffy and I breathed a sigh of relief once I got back to Miona and felt the breeze on my face.

But, Max Wolpert and I were able to navigate the ditch on 4/29/2003.  These are pictures of Black Lake as you won’t see it for a long time…if ever.

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Max Wolpert in 17-ft Smoker Craft. We used the trolling motor to navigate the ditch, still with difficulty.

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Egress from the ditch

Egress from the ditch

Black lake

It was a rather large “pond” at the time.

And, did we catch any of those monster Bass reputed to infest Black Lake?  Of course…NOT.  But, it was an adventure.  And, as I recall, the reason we undertook it was because the fish weren’t biting on Miona.  “What the heck, nothing to lose.  Let’s do it.”  I’m glad we did because now I can say, “We went back to Black Lake, once.”

Jerry Lester

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