Several members of the Turkey Busters organization gathered at the banks of Lee Lake in Cazenovia one day last week for a special purpose. They released 700 walleyes into what is the only lake in Richland County.
An employee of Gollon Bait and Fish Farm of Dodgeville brought the walleyes to Lee Lake and removed them a bucketful at a time from the company truck. The man said a small percentage of the trout will reproduce.
The Turkey Busters members present said that up to five fish caught can be kept, but each must be at least 18 inches long. They noted that it will take about four years for the newly released walleyes to get that big.
The Turkey Busters say that this is the fourth year they have released fish into Lee Lake and that they do this as a community service project. The funds for the releases come from dues and fundraising events, such as the February Fisharee.
There are currently about 40 members of the Turkey Busters, all of whom are male and a few of whom are under age 12. However, they say, women are welcome to join the organization.
For more information, contact Turkey Busters president Jim Cunningham at 608-986-4851.