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July 16 Discussion with CTA and TUFF Fishermen

by Miss Libby

Posted on Tue Sep 28 2021


Thanks to CTA for hearing our concerns and input about the hydrilla in Lake Trace. I support that the CTA POAs voted against an additional assessment in the 2021-2022 budget for lake management issues until the minimal carp introduction of 150 carp can be monitored and evaluated. The following report is from the July 16 meeting... and is probably more than what you ever care to know about carp and its introduction into a fishery. !Libby

Hi Guys,

 

Clink on the link for interesting reading about sterile grass carp controlling aquatic plants and especially their effects of flocculation in paragraph four. It also contains information about barriers.  (Note: Barriers would keep the carp contained so they do not go over the dam and destroy downstream ecosystems.) Thank you Buster for finding this link and info on the cost of building a “spider” fish attractor.  But didn't the fish attractor you made have a lot more tubing on it which would make it better for hiding fry, instead of just hiding larger fish like the "spider" attractor? The spider seemed awfully expensive

 

https://www.noble.org/news/publications/ag-news-and-views/1997/june/controlling-aquatic-vegetation-with-grass-carp/

 

After speaking with Ernie yesterday, here is an update:

  • NC Extension experts have said that introducing only 150 carp up the cove should be an effective way to control the current amount of hydrilla;  
  • This small number of carp does not require a permit from the State or barriers;
  • The situation will be closely monitored for months by Ernie/volunteers and officials to see how it's working;
  • A small number of carp may be added again to keep hydrilla managed but not erased completely since it's go ...

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    NAVIGATING THE TUFF WEBSITE

    by Miss Libby

    Posted on Thu Nov 05 2020


    Dear Current CT Fishing Friends and New Trace Residents who like to fish,

    I think most all of us will remember 2020 as the year that everything changed. I pray that the "New Normal" will hopefuly return to "Near Normal" next year. TUFF is "on hold" as far as membership, Seasonal Derby, any other tournaments, Outreach community efforts and Youth "Fish for Fun" lessons. 

    PLEASE NOTE: EVERYONE CAN SCROLL THROUGH EVERYTHING ON THIS WEBSITE. NO NEED TO LOG IN, AS ONLY TUFF MEMBERS HAVE PASSWORDS AND CAN COMMENT ON BLOGS.

    The 919- 499-1300 Lake Hotline gets calls with questions, so I thought this update would be especially helpful to new residents about how to navigate this website to find answers:

    Edited 9/14/21 Due to interest about Big Lake Trace Bass, check out Page 7 of Blog

    WHO CATCHES WHAT, WHERE, WHEN AND HOW IN LAKE TRACE?  Suggest that you cilck on Derby where there are TUFF Derby winners (Adult and Youth) "Picture Parades" from 2012 to 2016. E-mail me at gofishin247@gmail.com and I will send you the 2017 Picture Parade.  Our 2018 and 2019 winners show up in older Blogs when you click on Read More and click on the big pics for details.

    HOW HEALTHY IS LAKE TRACE? Click on Blogs, scroll to bottom of page and click on page 8 and 9 for Fish Health, Invasive Plants and Birds (Invasive Cormorants). Speaking of birds, how about those Canada Geese today? Hope this is a migratory way station for these dirty birds.

    OTHER STUFF  Click on About Us and you can find links for Electroshock report, Building Fish Structures, Color Fish Haven map, and Sediment study. People ask me about water quality here. Don't get me started.

    Libby

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    WHITE PERCH INVASION IN LAKE TRACE

    by Miss Libby

    Posted on Sun May 17 2020


    At a TUFF meeting at Hidden Lake Pool Shelter, a discussion about the invasion of white perch into Lake Trace took place. (Note: I had participated in the 2008 electroshock survey when this species in the three inch range was deemed by the fish biologist to be “overpopulated”.  In September 2018 I fished from shore and caught and culled 40 white perch in four hours that were in the seven to nine inch range! )  Some attendees thought they were harmless (“oh, the bass will eat that size.”) So later I connected with our current NCWRC fish biologist Michael Fisk who sent me this information: “White Perch are bad news. Once introduced they can become overpopulated, outcompete other species, and ruin native fisheries. White Perch will feed on just about anything but do target shad which can have negative impacts on crappie and Largemouth Bass through  indirect competition, and they also feed on recently hatched fry (baby fish) which can have negative impacts on recruitment of all species in the lake. There are many examples in North Carolina and elsewhere that have documented drastic changes in native fisheries after White Perch have been introduced. They are actually native on our coast but when they are introduced into lakes, they do lots of damage. Once established in lakes/ponds there is only one way to get rid of them. That is to rotenone the entire water body and start from scratch by restocking. Given the size of Lake Trace, this is likely not feasible as it would be very costly and may not be successful because of the riverine habitat upstream and downstream of the lake. The only thing you can do is to harvest every single one to help manage them. They are a good fish to eat, but unfortunately they are there to stay. ...

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    WINNERS OF OUR 2019 TUFF SEASONAL DERBY

    by Miss Libby

    Posted on Sat Jan 04 2020


    Buster Harrill (NS) took home the First Place Bass plaque in our seasonal TUFF Derby which runs from March 1st to November 15th.. Read all about the details of his eight plus pound catch in the July 1st Blog (Lake Trace Spring/Summer Fishing News). Not pictured above is our 2nd Place Bass winner in the Adult Division Nick Gay of Mallard Cove, but you can also see his almost four pound catch in the July 1st Blog Picture Gallery. Two winners in our Youth Division showed up (with their proud moms) for the photo above including Harika Mergen (LT3 ) 1st Place Catfish and Ezekiel Bucur (SGN) 1st Place Bass, Crappie and Bream plus the "Golden TUFF". Not shown is Aidan Bailey of Lakewood, 2nd Place Bass and Tyler Kerecz of Harbor Creek, 2nd Place Bream. You can see pics of their catches in the blogs below by clicking on Read More and then clicking on the Picture Galley pics to read captions of where, when and how they caught their fish! Congrats to all our winners! Happy New Year and Tight Lines in 2020! ...

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    FISH FOR FUN LESSON NETS 79 FISH FOR FBC "KID CASTERS" !

    by Miss Libby

    Posted on Sun Aug 18 2019


    A muggy day but the fish were still hungry! Click on the big pictures in the photo gallery for more details. ...

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