Invasion of Asian carp on area lakes, rivers focus of meeting Tuesday
Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 3:03 pm
By: By Brent Callicott
Mark your calendars for a important meeting hosted by the TWRA on Asian carp that have invaded our fishing waters.
On Tuesday, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be making a visit in Paris for a public presentation on a variety of topics and the public is invited to attend.
This open style public meeting will be held at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris and is located at 650 Volunteer Drive. The meeting will start at 7 p.m.
This meeting has been labeled as the TWRA Roadshow and has held other public meetings both in Middle and East Tennessee. This is where sportsmen and wildlife enthusiasts can learn more about the TWRA and their programs.
As the main “show” of the roadshow, TWRA fisheries chief Bobby Wilson will talk on a variety of fish management with the main emphasis on the swarm of the Asian carp that are threatening our West Tennessee waters of Kentucky, Barkley and Reelfoot Lakes.
The Asian carp are comprised of big head and silver carp. Big head carp are showing up in many area lakes and rivers in massive numbers and both commercial and sport fishermen are concerned. Silver carp are the jumping-type that can be dangerous to boaters and reports are coming in from anglers seeing them here already. If you are concerned about the Asian carp invasion and want to learn more about this threat to your fishery — along with what might can be done to help control them — this meeting is for you.
These Asian-type carp are in the Mississippi River, Reelfoot Lake, Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake.
The TWRA folks will address the growing problem and concern of the Asian carp at the meeting and inform anglers and other lake users what lies ahead as to TWRA’s plans to combat the unwanted visitor that has the potential to greatly diminish our fisheries here.
Don King, information and education coordinator for TWRA will make a short presentation on some interesting programs the agency has under way.
Bobwhite quail will be on the bill, too, as biologist Don McKenzie will speak on this popular game bird’s plight. McKenzie eventually arose as a national leader for what now is recognized as arguably the largest and most difficult wildlife conservation challenge of this era — restoring huntible populations of bobwhites across their range.
Anglers, boaters, hunters and all wildlife enthusiasts are encouraged to attend and learn more about your wildlife agency.
Other info to pass along from the TWRA folks.
The TWRA is soliciting comments for its 2012 sport fishing regulation changes and guide license proposals. This is an opportunity for the public to share ideas and concerns with the TWRA staff.
Public comments will be considered by fisheries managers and may be presented as proposals for regulation changes. Comments may be submitted by mail to: Sport Fish Comments, TWRA, Fisheries Management Division, P.O. 40747, Nashville, TN 37204 or emailed to TWRA.Comment@tn.gov. Please include “Sport Fish Comments” or “Fishing Guide License Comments” on the subject line of emailed submissions.
The comment period will be open until Oct. 7.
The Tennessee Deer season is almost here and is basically split into three different type seasons.
Archery deer season which also includes crossbows dates are Saturday through Oct. 28 and then Oct. 31 through Nov. 4.
Muzzleloader deer season will be Nov. 5-18.
Gun season will be Nov. 19 through Jan. 1, 2012.
You will be allowed three antlered bucks during the season with no more than one taken per day in Tennessee.
The Young Sportsman Season will be Oct. 29-30 and Jan. 7-8, 2012.
Youths 6-16 years of age only. Each young sportsman must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult. Youths 10 years of age or older must meet Hunter Education requirements.
Visit the TWRA website for more information on the upcoming Deer season or anything else pertaining to hunting, fishing or boating in the state of Tennessee.
Our area was blessed with a little rain Sunday and Monday. Pretty much county-wide here in Obion County — three-quarters of an inch up to an inch was pretty common. This didn’t help the Reelfoot Lake levels much at all.
The lake remains about a foot below the normal level which is causing some navigation problems. Take it easy and very slow anywhere on Reelfoot.
Some areas to our south in southern Gibson County and northern Madison County received 6 to 8 inches of rain during this time period. That didn’t help us but I know helped the water levels in Gibson County Lake near Trenton as that lake was starting to show low water conditions.
Water temps are in the lower to mid-70s on Reelfoot Lake or maybe just a degree or two above that.
The Reelfoot Lake 200th Bicentennial Celebration is ongoing at this time and will be doing so through April 2012.
Lots of events are planned during this time and to see a full list go to the Reelfoot Lake Tourism website or visit their Facebook page.
Some of the events planned for October is the annual Reelfoot Lake Waterfowl Festival, the Historical Lake of Thunder Play and a Reelfoot Bicentennial Campout. Then in November they will be offering a Fall Color Pontoon Cruise.
Publication of manuscripts and newspapers from the early 1900s, and a collection of postcards made from the famous Verne Sabin Reelfoot Lake photographs from the 1920s also will be available as well as T-shirts, baseball caps and other commemorative items.
You may also become a Sponsor of the Reelfoot Lake Bicentennial Celebration. All money you donate will go toward raising awareness of this unique area that brings tourism into our state. Be a valuable patron in raising awareness of the attractions of Reelfoot Lake and Northwest Tennessee. Donations to support this event can be made out to Reelfoot Lake Bicentennial; mail your donation to: Reelfoot Lake Tourism Council c/o Reelfoot Lake Bicentennial 4575 SR. 21 East Tiptonville, TN. 38079 .
You can also contact them by visiting their website for more information on this great event at www.reelfoottourism.com, e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 731-253-2007.
If you have anything that you would like for us to pass along to publish in this column or photos, please e-mail that info to me at email@example.com , call me at 731-446-3678 or drop that by The Messenger office on Jackson Street in Union City.
Til next week’s column
Catch ya on the water folks
Published in The Messenger 9.23.11
Brent Callicott, Fishing report