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Anyone else heard they are planning on spraying "the aquatic vegetation"???

Jeff

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Water Temperature: 83
Water Clarity: 2-3 feet

It was announced last night on a local news station that the TVA is going to kill all the grass in Guntersville! Yes that is exactly what Channel 31 out of Huntsville announced that they would spend one month or 2 killing as much grass as they can! There is however conflicting information coming from TVA as of 9:45 am this morning, that being that Channel 31 got it wrong! Here is Channel 31 quote:

"THE TENNEESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY IS NOW SPRAYING A NON-TOXIC CHEMICAL ON AQUATIC WEEDS IN LAKE GUNTERSVILLE. IT'S WORKING IN SCOTTSBORO TO KILL AS MANY MILFOIL AND HYDRILLA PLANTS AS POSSIBLE. THE WEEDS CAN GET CAUGHT ON BOAT PROPELLERS AND CAUSE OTHER PROBLEMS."

Not knowing the truth, and certainly being skeptical of this information this is exactly what I told you all would happen when I was trying to unite the fisherman through a organization called Lake Guntersville Anglers Association! Last month Rep Wes Long announced he had passed a bill through the State Senate forming a committee to take legal responsibility and giving responsibility to the committee in reference tothe grass issue on the Tennessee River Chain in the Sate of Alabama; he said it was going to take responsibility for the management plan; not an grass eradication plan. I wrote an article then and stated that my fear was that the state would turn this into a plan to eliminate grass not manage it, well here we are with exactly that as TVA felt the political pressure and now will try once again kill out the lake.

With the Bass Master Classic coming in February of 2014 this could be the worst possible timing and just devastate the fishing! I don't know why we cannot manage the grass to meet all needs from fishing to boating. This year there is less grass than anytime in the last 10 years because the natural elements have eliminated a lot of the grass from the high water, and current. This will be a travesty to tax revenue for the towns of Guntersville and Scottsboro as they will feel the effects from a tax revenue standpoint for years to come as the bass will be quickly eliminated with out grass to survive in! TVA just about ruined the fishing in the late 80's it took almost 10 years to bring back the lake, well here we go again!

I hope all fisherman will react and raise this issue immediately to any and all political powers we can get too. If true this is a big issue and we should bring this to a head quickly to get the truth.

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From what I have read it is much more than that. Those are the normal spraying spots.

Jeff

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The only thing i have heard was they are planning on spraying around peoples docks so they could actually get there boat out and swim but fished a tourney there last night and it hasnt gone anywhere yet.

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I hope they don't do the same at Pickwick. We are starting to get some good grass after several years of very little grass. About 4 or 5 years ago it was some of the best top water I have ever experienced because of the grass. The next year it just disappeared. Started coming back pretty good last year. Is realy coming on strong this year dispite high water and current. I fish Natchez bridge to Tn. Dam. I've wondered when they spray east of us like at guntersville if it effects us at Pickwick .

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I heard that too, on another website.  I really don't fish Gville that much but it would be a d**n shame if they really killed all the grass off on such an awesome place like that.  From what I hear the milfoil and hydrilla are so thick in some places they are impassable but the whole lake is not like that.  TVA killed all the grass in Chickamauga 20 years ago and ruined the lake until the last couple years.  

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game and fish commissions and state agencies damage more trying to "help" than anyone EVER.  

 

 

why do the biologist not actually know biology?

how do they not know how to grow big fish?

how do they not know where big fish live?

 

sure they say they "know" all that yet every policy ever implemented goes directly against the answer to the 3 above stated questions.

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game and fish commissions and state agencies damage more trying to "help" than anyone EVER.  

 

 

why do the biologist not actually know biology?

how do they not know how to grow big fish?

how do they not know where big fish live?

 

sure they say they "know" all that yet every policy ever implemented goes directly against the answer to the 3 above stated questions.

 

 

They get too much pressure from local governments to keep the lake residents happy....  They should be able to strike a balance with recreational boaters and fishers alike.  Instead they will listen to all the belly-aching of the Home Owners Association and keep spraying and then years down the road realize that there are no fish, mosquito problems, lack of tourism without quality fishing, etc. and swing the approach the other way.....

 

biggest takeaway from events like these should be for concerned Americans to make informed decisions at the polls.  Especially at the local level of government.  All the big Washington, DC political clowns are always in the spotlight and talking the loudest, but the biggest impact is always at the local level!!!

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It's a slippery slope, so let's be careful here and NOT turn this into a political fight.

 

-Kent  a.k.a. roadwarrior

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It's a slippery slope, so let's be careful here and NOT turn this into a political fight.

 

-Kent  a.k.a. roadwarrior

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Absolutely agree Kent, just please note that I mentioned no sides nor affiliation.  Rather, I hoped to simply engage folks in the thought that they have the power to influence these decisions at the community level.  

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game and fish commissions and state agencies damage more trying to "help" than anyone EVER.  

 

 

why do the biologist not actually know biology?

how do they not know how to grow big fish?

how do they not know where big fish live?

 

sure they say they "know" all that yet every policy ever implemented goes directly against the answer to the 3 above stated questions.

 

2 points

 

1.  This creates jobs (1-2 month's worth)

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2.  Those people with expensive boats (and deep wallets) don't care for paying for damage caused by grass and don't care to swim in it either. 

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1 Jobs? LMAO

2. damage from grass? yall act like the ENTIRE lake is matted up........ I am sure there are plenty of areas to swim and pleasure boat all across the lake, just like Pickwick and the rest of the TN River chain.

 

before you tout your "2 points" you should round off to the nearest MILLION, the tourism/economic impact of a non grass Big G.

 

Wont come back to this thread, cause if I do, I will pick up warning points or worse.

 

Good Luck to all!

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