T.U.F.F. Club

Sanford, NC 27332

Lake Trace Hotline



See what we've been up to lately!


by Miss Libby

Posted on Thu Dec 01 2016

Two TUFF members became proactive when they noticed a new aquatic plant blossoming up Carr's Creek (at 18 Creek golf cart bridge) and in the Lakewood basin (on the right when you enter Lake Trace.) Please note that I am leaving contact details (phone#s, etc.) of the experts they found to help them identify these "good plants" which provide protection for young fish and help filter the water. Thanks Lee & Mike!
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Thinking it might be the deadly invasive "alligator weed", Lee Amcher (GW) contacted Drew Long (336-212-2872) of Pond Services (pictured above taking samples in Carr Creek.)  Here is Drew's report: "After further examination of the aquatic weeds growing on the Lake Trace shoreline, an opinion has been formed that the majority of weeds are: HYDFROLEA QUADRIVALVIS, (water pod ) with a mixture of creeping water primrose." There is an abundance of these aquatic plants in Carr’s Creek by the #3 and #4 holes of the Creek Course. Parts of the creek are already being choked off. Other areas are between the number 3 and 18 bridges of the Creek Course and along the right side of the right entrance lake to Carolina Trace.

Mike Bentley (WM) connected with Rob Emens and here is the e-mail information he received. 
Thanks for contacting me.  You offered a good clue...  small purple flower.  Two plants come to mind.  Photos don’t show enough detail for me to differentiate. 
Water Willow (Justicia americana) has a somewhat delicate lavender and white flower.
Water Pod (Hydrolea quadrivalvis) ...

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by Miss Libby

Posted on Sat Nov 12 2016


Sometime between Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Matthew … between the ups and downs of our beautiful Lake Trace … on a pile of debris mid-lake on the North side shoreline … a Spark of Hope stirred in the small gnome that rested in its wood cradle rocking gently by a then mild current.



Soon a caring and kind-hearted fisherman out testing the still waters and perhaps throwing a wacky rig Senko with a slow retrieve … spotted this lone survivor of that first most fierce and unfortunate event.

A rescue was made. It was a sign!

Hope restored. We will survive. All will be well.


Happy New Year from the Lake Trace Gnome!

Please note: the happy survivor was carefully placed on a dock near the CTCC Marina, and is patiently waiting to hear about dam repairs .... ...

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by Miss Libby

Posted on Sun Nov 06 2016


Cormorants are large, migratory fish-eating birds whose numbers have exploded in the last fifteen years. They are a menace to any body of water that has a fish population. By diving and swimming underwater, these birds can each eat PER DAY one to 1 ½ pounds of forage fish (like shad) and small sport fish (like bass minnows and sunfish fry). Since the Lake Trace bass also depend on this diet, you can imagine the negative effect this Cormorant Competition has on the growth and survival of our fishery. In addition, these birds leave massive amounts of feces wherever they roost which destroys vegetation, kills trees, pollutes the water, and prevents families from enjoying their now guano-covered docks or boats, as well as reducing their property values. Lastly and most unfortunately, these birds are beginning to nest in the South rather than migrating back to their traditional breeding sites in the North. Their numbers have substantially increased in Lake Trace during the winter months to the point that serious concerns have been raised by Trace fishermen and residents alike.

Fortunately, when these concerns were presented to CTCC owner Escalante, Inc., General Manager John Fairall readily agreed that non-lethal options of bird deterrents should be granted to lakefront residents who have roosting birds. In addition, Trace fishermen can help residents with “annoyance tactics” when they see diving or roosting birds. Note: CT residents may be hearing some noise!

Suggestions for “sight, sound and motion” range from banging pot lids together, slapping 2x4s (sounds like a gunshot), using blasts from air horns, firecrackers, slingshots with handfuls of gravel, evil eye balloons (attached), flashy Mylar tape hung in trees, decoys like rubber snakes or blow-ups of predators.

Information was received from the North Carolina Wildlif ...

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