Lake Auman Sports Club members have come to the rescue with a custom turtle ramp built for three out of the four ponds. Built by Ed Cockman from treated wood and styrofoam, the 24 inch x 50 inch platforms have sloped ends for the turtles to climb and adjustable flotation provided by the styrofoam. Anchored in place by a copper wire wrapped around a heavy cement block, they provide a way to allow the turtles to sun themselves with an easy climb out of the water.
They were installed by Bruce Keyser, Mark Haut, Tom Lawless, and Chuck Lehmann using a small aluminum maintenance boat. Turtles need a gradual rise to climb, so if the ramp floats too high the turtle will have difficulty getting on top of the ramp. The amount of styrofoam under the ramp can be changed to raise or lower the float level of the ramp. This might be required on one of the ponds. One more ramp is needed for the first pond and Ed is building one more.
Left-Right: Bruce Keyser, Chuck Lehmann, Tom Lawless, and Mark Haut
( Ed Cockman took the picture)
No doubt the Lake Auman Sports Club turtle ramps have made the turtles happy as several have been seen already enjoying the summer.
Thanks, Ed and the team!
The Lake Auman Sports Club (LASC) is expanding their efforts to improve the quality of Lake Auman and the health of its fish population with the recent addition of a third floating fish food feeder strategically located on Lake Auman.
The Sport’s Club’s Board of Directors approved the funds for the purchase of the additional feeder as one of the Club’s 2018 community projects. It was assembled and placed on the lake last month by Glenn Anderson, Ed Cockman, Steve Haniotis, Dave Lamon, Jim Pierman and Don Smith. The floating feeder is designed to attract and feed more fish in the surrounding area. This additional feeder brings the total to nine dedicated fish feeding locations around the lake that provide high volumes of fish food on a daily basis. The original seven locations began their feeding regiments in May 2013 and have continued since then. An LASC member is assigned for each station and will ensure these feeding stations deliver the desired quantity of fish food each day.
The increased levels of fish feeding and the use of a premium high protein fish food, an upgrade from the food used for many years, were both recommendations identified in the professional lake study of Lake Auman conducted in 2012. Community residents may purchase this fish food, for about the same cost as the LASC pays for it, at the community center office. Residents feeding fish with this food has become another significant part of the Club’s increased feeding initiative. Ron Workman manages these sales for the Sports Club by keeping supplies available for sale.
The Lake Auman Sports Club’s mission statement is to “Enhance the value of Lake Auman to the residents by providing programs that improve fishing, promote more enjoyment from fishing and by sponsoring other sports programs based on the surveyed interests of the community.” The above actions go a long way toward meeting that mission.
The Lake Auman Sports Club’s annual Spring Team Bass Tournament took place on Saturday, May 6, 2017 on Lake Auman. Despite the less than desirable rainy weather, this year’s tournament had another good turnout of hardy anglers willing to brave the wet conditions.
Twenty-five anglers made up the ten teams that competed in this four hour catch and release event with prizes awarded to the teams with the heaviest five fish total weights for the day and to individuals for the largest bass caught overall. Several gift cards from the new Ace Hardware store in Seven Lakes were added to the top prizes awarded thanks to owner Randy Saunders as they celebrated the store’s grand opening.
First place team honors went to Robbie Everett and Josh Huff with a total weight of 18 pounds 1 ounce. Finishing in second place, was the team of Don Smith, Rich Lovett and Jason Lovett with a total weight of 13 pounds 15 ounces pounds. In third place on the leader board was the team of Rick Smith and Shane Croch with 11 pounds 15 ounces.
The big bass prize went to Robbie Everett for catching a 5 pound 12 ounce bass. Cade McLaughlin received the prize for second largest bass caught which weighed 4 pounds 13 ounces and Josh Huff for the third largest bass weighing 4 pound 2 ounces.
Participating anglers always enjoy the picnic luncheon at Johnson Point following these bass tournament events and this time was no exception. Jack Maloney and Glenn Anderson stepped up to organize and serve the picnic luncheon despite the rainy conditions. Thanks guys, excellent job!
The Lake Auman Sports Club bass tournaments are held each year in the Spring. For questions and additional information about them or the Sports Club, contact the tournament organizer Don Smith.
2018 Spring Team Bass Tournament
Grab Your Rod, Grab Your Gear
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
For rules and entry form, click here
“Bucket Brigade” Gives 18,500 Bluegills New Home In Lake Auman
Lake Auman became the new home for 18,500 bream on Wednesday, March 28th, when the Seven Lakes Landowners association used Lake Auman Sports Club volunteers to stock these fish in lake. The fish that were stocked were two to four inch bluegills and red ear sunfish. They were purchased from and delivered by Carolina Fish Hatchery in Turkey, NC and certified as non-invasive species. The fish were placed in the water at fifteen different sites spread around the lake in locations that provided habitat and good cover. Five Sports Club members, nicknamed the “Bluegill Bucket Brigade”, participated in the stocking effort. They were Glenn Anderson, Jim Beck, Ed Cockman, Mark Haut and Don Smith, who organized and supervised the stocking again this year. The stocking of these fish by the SLW Landowners Association with help from the Lake Auman Sports Club addresses the primary recommendation for Lake Auman identified in a professional lake study of the lake conducted in 2012. Other initiatives and programs to ensure and maintain the overall good health of Lake Auman are taking place on an ongoing basis throughout the year by the LA Sports Club, whose mission is to enhance the value of Lake Auman to the residents by providing programs that improve fishing, promote more enjoyment from fishing and by sponsoring other sports programs based on the surveyed interests of the community.
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RECORD YEAR FOR LAKE AUMAN SPORTS CLUB FISH HABITAT PROGRAM
For the last twenty-one years, volunteers from the Lake Auman Sports Club (LASC) have braved winter weather conditions to deliver and place Christmas trees under lake front homeowner docks around Lake Auman. This annual fish habitat project provides the lake’s small fish with protective cover to escape from larger predator fish and contributes to increasing the lake’s fish population, both in size and number. This year’s project set new records with seventy-eight trees being delivered and prepped on February 15th and placed under thirty-nine docks on February 17th, including fourteen new locations. Many homeowners, who have participated in the past, were turned down this year as there was no more room under their docks for additional trees.
Community residents needing assistance disposing of their trees were able to have their trees picked up and taken to the designated tree drop area. LASC volunteers providing that help were Bruce Keyser, Stan Makson, Jim Pierman and Don Smith. The following Sports Club members delivered the trees and prepared them at the docks: Ed Cockman, Mike Coleman, Rick Downs, Steve Haniotis, Mark Haut, George Hitchner, Mac Johnson, Dan Lambert, Paul Muenzer, Jim Pierman, Don Smith and Don Snell.
For the first time, there were three teams working to place and secure the trees under the docks. Ben Benjamin donned his diving wet suit and joined Ryan Scott and Dan Pieroni spending the day in the forty-eight degree water. Working with the three of them were Glenn Anderson, Ed Cockman, Charlie Flinchum, Mathew Hoover, Bruce Keyser, Dave Lamon, Stan Makson, Mike Ozimek and Don Smith. The most notable help came from Mathew Hoover’s son and Mike Ozimek’s grandson, 5-year-old Elijah Hoover who provided “constant direction” to his team’s man in the water. The project was organized and managed again this year by Don Smith.
Thanks to all the volunteers for a job well done and to the lakefront homeowners who participated this year and in the past to make this program possible.
Fish Habitat Program
Bruce Keyser Bob Van Houten
John Hoffman Don Smith
Steve Haniotis Jim Pierman
Rick Downs Tom Lawless
Ed Cockman Dave Lamon
Glenn Anderson Dan Lambert
For the Lake Auman Sports Club's Christmas tree fish habit projects to be successful, bricks - lots and lots of bricks - are needed to weigh all these trees down in the water. Bob Van Houten, President BVH Construction Services in West End, has been the Club's source for these needed bricks for the last several years and this year he exceeded expectations by donating to the Sports Club enough bricks to meet our needs for a long time. All we had to do is move them from his location over to ours for storage and Bob helped with that also.
Thanks go to the following Sports Club volunteers, also known as the "Brick Brigade", for their time and help on February 9th to accomplish this task.
Job well done guys!
Canada Geese Leave Johnson Point
This headline, “Canada Geese Leave Johnson Point”, could be a future news headline this year if the planned Lake Auman Sports Club’s (LASC) community service project is successful. Details of this project can be read at this link.
Thanks go to the following Sports Club volunteers for their time and help with the construction of the Mylar tape barriers at Johnson Point. Well done guys.
Charlie Flinchum Jan Pollnow
Steve Haniotis Stan Makson
Dan Lambert Paul Muenzne
Don Smith Ed Cockman