Posted by TroyJ on March 09, 2001 at 23:18:10:
In Reply to: Guntersville posted by Mark McGuire on March 09, 2001 at 11:42:42:
Myself and and many others fought very hard to be involved in a plan to limit grass spraying on Guntersville. Like it or not, milfoil and hydrilla = bass factory. It is a benefit to every species in the system. TVA hammered out a plan 3 years ago with the Home Owners Association, local anglers and other interested parties. The plan, which so far I'll commend TVA for sticking to, means that TVA will only treat limited access areas with herbicide. Just over 15k acres has been left for undisturbed habitat and the mechanical harvesters are to be used as much as possible in high traffic areas to reduce herbicidal spraying. The grass started coming back in 94-95 and so did the bass. Right now, like every year, the grass has died back due to it's normal winter cycle. There is very little grass, especially shallow grass that can be seen now. However, it will be back in full force beginning in late March. The fishing on Guntersville is excellent, and will be better and better if they continue to NOT destroy the habitat. Ray Scott and Harold Sharp along with the Alabama Bass Federation played a huge role in protecting important habitat on lake Guntersville. Bruce Shupp from B.A.S.S. conservation also came to help us out here. Maps of treatment plan are available through TVA and the treatment schedule is published in the local papers. So far, the plan has left us plenty of grass for the health of our fishery and has greatly reduced the employment of chemicals into our waters.
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