Archive for April, 2010

Loon Lake Opening Weekend and Safety inspections by Sherrif’s Department

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Today was open house day for me at Loon Lake.  I had two listings open and another agent in the office had a third open.  I did not have to personally sit at any of these homes so I went to the public access point for Loon Lake.  I figured I would cast my Emmrod Packer for an hour or so and see if I could either get a fishing pole sold or get someone to go to the opens.  I put an open house sign on the back of my car and went fishing.  Well, I think any fish in that little estuary where the ramp is were scared away by the boats.  No nibbles from either lake fish or house fishers.

Here are my listings in Loon Lake.  The first includes a house, a shop and retail store and a newer heavy duty man’s domain with its own electrical meter. Zoning permits both residential and commercial.  Loon Lake access is through the public access point.  http://tours.tourfactory.com/tours/tour.asp?t=596611&home=www.mycountryhomes.com&slink=-1&sReferer=http://mycountryhomes.com/text12.swf&idx=&r=http%3A%2F%2Fmycountryhomes%2Ecom%2Ftext12%2Eswf

My Second is in Morgan Acres on the North side of the lake.  It has a wonderul private park area with a great big dock, picknic areas and restrooms.  Living here lets you have access to the lake for ease of fishing.  There are some boat slips but are on a waitlist.  This is a lovely home which could be a vacation get away or a year round home as it is for the owners now.  http://tours.tourfactory.com/tours/tour.asp?t=586565&home=www.mycountryhomes.com&slink=-1&sReferer=http://mycountryhomes.com/text12.swf&idx=&r=http%3A%2F%2Fmycountryhomes%2Ecom%2Ftext12%2Eswf

Apparently, the guys who were out on the lake did ok.  Several indicated they had limited out and others had caught one or two trout.  They all seemed pretty happy at having gone out onto the lake.

I thought it would be good to put a bit of safety information on this blog so I talked with Jim, the Sherrif’s Deputy and one of his co-workers.  They gave me a copy of the citation form so I could cover it all.  I believe they were providing courtesy inspections but ultimately, these will morph into ticketing events so we all need to get our ducks in order (That season actually starts about September.)

Here is the check list for your records.  This comes directly from the Washington State Vessel Inspection form which the Deputy gave to me.

These are all required items:

Registration Numbers Properly Displayed

Current Decal Properly Displayed

Certificate of Numbers on Board.  (Not sure what this is)

Mandatory Education Card

Motor Vessel Checklist (for rentals only)

Flotation devices: USCG approved and correct size (kids, adults etc) Adequate number and condition.  Type IV (16′ and over.)  Floatation device must be worn by Child 12 & Under on less than 19 footer.

Fire Extinguisher (on motorized boats) approved model and charged.

Muffler in Adequate Condition. I assume this is thefor the engine and not to keep your neck warm.

Lights with proper display (Night Only)  I would think it would be a good idea for them to be squared away regardless.

Adequate distress signals–flares, louldspeaker.

Flame Arrestor Adequate for your vessel.

Sound Device like a horn or whistle.

Ventilation/Blower for the Engine.

Ski Flag properly displayed and of proper Size.

Carbon Monoxide Decal (Gas Only, No PWC)

PWC Lanyard Used

PWC Operator 14 & Older

Also important but not a major focus of the Sherrif’s depart is the invasive Aquatic Species.  Read up on those issues and be smart.

 

Well, that is a quick list.  If any of that is Greek to you, because some of it is to me, you might give the Sherrif’s department a call and check it out. 

Bottom line, be safe or be on the bottom.  The former is far better than the later.

Happy fishing!

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Real Estate for sale at Eloika Lake, Spokane County, Washington

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Those who know me, know I am a licensed real estate agent in the Spokane WA area.  Being a Realtor, I have access to all the information on what is listed for sale at any of the lakes in this area.  I just printed a list of properties on the lots just at Deer Lake, Sacheen Lake, Diamond Lake, Reflection Lake, and Eloika Lake.  There were well over 100 properties on just that list.  If you search the Spokane Multiple Listing Service (MLS), you will find over 800 waterfront lots.

Waterfront lots come in two varieties.  Primary and SecondaryPrimary waterfront means you walk out of your house or RV and go straight to the beach.  Secondary waterfront means you are in the development and theoretically have access to the water through a community or shared waterfront access.  The waters get a bit murkier when we have land near the lake and there is a convenient public access.  Personally, I would not consider that as a Secondary waterfront lot.  But, practically, it works the same way except there is a much larger population base using the ramp, the dock or whatever facilities are there. 

Take my two listings in Loon Lake.  One is in Morgan Acres and has access to a lovely park, ramp and dock.  That is quintessential secondary waterfront.  My other listing there is in the middle of town, about 7 minutes from the public access and while it has a home, a store front and a shop on a second electrical meter–all with commercial zoning, it is not a “waterfront” lot.

Getting to Eloika Lake, there are currently ten lake properties for sale.  The prices run from 80,ooo to 1,150,000 dollars.  Four are vacant lots.  One is a Mobile Home.  The balance are stick built homes.  Eight are primary lots and 2 are secondary lots.  Two are less than an acre and the balance are between 1 and 10 acres EXCEPT a 60 acre estate with frontage and located close to the public access point.  Not unexpectedly, this is the one which is priced at 1,150,000.

A couple of the homes priced in the 750,000 price range are beautiful newer homes.  Other lots are running in the 2-300k price range. 

So, if you love bass, crappie, trout and bullhead  fishing, this may be the place for you.  If you would like to keep track of what is going on at any lake in the pacific northwest area covered by the Spokane Association of Realtors, shoot me an email and I will set you up in a free program which delivers you immediate information as a property becomes available or changes prices.  Track one property, one lake or the whole area.  My real estate email is DavidWAtherton@gmail.com

 

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Jerry’s Landing Resort Eloika Lake, Elk, Spokane County, Eastern Washington

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

What a fine evening! A few days ago, I took off a couple hours from running my three businesses, real estate, daylilies and Emmrod Fishing Poles (www.WhyBuyEmmrod.com). I said, it is time for a brief sanity break! I am heading over to Jerry’s Landing to rent a canoe for an hour or two. Off I went.

I met Laurie who is half of Jerry’s Landing Resort along with Jerry. She was pleasant and helpful and got me set up right away with a canoe, life preserver and floating seat. She gave me some helpful hints on where to go for the few minutes left in the day.

Off I went! Boy, canoe paddling is really different than a regular row boat at which I am not the good either. I will say, it sure is easier to paddle a canoe than it is to row a boat. I paddled out about a half a mile and gradually drifted with the current and fished along the shore. Long story short, did not get anything but sure had a good time.

One of the reasons I went was to get some more actual fishing experience with my Emmrod Packer. This is a fine compact fishing system which is only about 22 inches long. It uses either a bait caster or closed face spinning reel. I use the later. I was very pleased to be able to cast it 30 to 40 feet using only the weight of my small spinner. While that was the wrong bait for the area, playing with it was a lot of fun. Fishing in the confines of the canoe where I did not dare stand up–actually found myself thinking about laying down in the bottom when the wakes rolled in–I found it incredibly convenient to have all my tackle, bait and fishing pole including a spare Emmrod Packer all set up in two five gallon buckets. It would have fit in one, but I had been working on my daylilies all day and just kept throwing worms in a five gallon bucket of dirt so I just drug the whole thing along instead of putting the worms in a small cup.

Some lessons learned:

Try to stay perpendicular to the shore when you hear an ocean liner flying down the center of the lake at 200 knots per hour. When that wash arrives four minutes later, you just do not want to be parallel to the wash. Thank goodness, I do not get seasick.

Do not scream at your kids even when they won’t stop crying. Your cursing carries over the water even more than the kids screaming. You come off on the bad end of the impression scale.

Treble hooks are not very useful in the weeds. There is nothing they won’t catch except maybe fish. Eloika Lake is a weedy lake.

Listen to what Jerry and Laurie tell you about what to fish with.  I should have bought a couple of the white jigs Laurie recommended to me as what the Crappie were biting on now. Even the worms were not attractive to the fish that evening.

Even though I did not catch anything, I had a great time. I saw several loons and one seemed to like my presence as it stayed about a hundred feet away from me most of the time I was out. A big fat beaver swam by with a stare as if to say “And who do you think you are?” A cat was hunting down by the river but did not seem to catch anything either.

I finally pulled the plug and coasted into Jerry’s Landing as the sun set. A great time relaxing and watching nature. Wish I had caught a fish, but, in the end, it is not about the catching but about the trying.

When the fishing bug bites, keep Jerry’s Landing Resort in mind. They are a great young couple providing a fine service to those of us escaping reality for a few hours. According to them, right now the Crappie are biting and are being caught up to 12 inches long. A 5.5 pound Bass, Large Mouth Bass I believe, was landed.  Just a thought on the Bass, keep the little guys and release the big ones. They take forever to get that large. Catch and release is a great plan on big bass. Finally the perch seem to be biting as well.

Here are some of the services offerred at Jerry’s Landing Resort:
Full RV hookups, Cabins, a store, Fire pits and Picnic Tables, Boat and Canoe Rentals, FULL BATHROOM FACILITIES (Very important for us old guys.). Prices are realistic, service is polite and friendly, the location is super convenient and Eloika Lake is a great lake to fish. It is one of the top four Bass Lakes in the NW from what I understand.

So, to visit Jerry’s Landing Resort, North on Hwy 2 (Newport Highway) past Riverside High School and Miller’s One Stop to Oregon Road. West (left from Spokane) to Regal Road. Left to Jerry’s Landing.

Their phone number is 509 292 2337, their email is jerryslanding@earthlink.net and their address is N 41114 Lake Shore Rd, El WA 99009.

 

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