Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Jackson County Commission Work Session, Largemouth Bass Creel Limits Discussed - December 5, 2016
Jackson County Courthouse south side, photo by G Morgan.
Important Issue - Creel Limits on Guntersville Lake
"...In summer, a good number of the fish that go through the weigh in process just don't make it because of the heat and the low oxygen," Carter said. "When you have thousands of fish being weighed in every weekend in these big events, even though most survive release, the ones that die have an impact...Mike Carter also cited bowfishing during the spring spawn as a possible issue...The bowfishers are not supposed to shoot bass, but after every tournament I see dead bass with arrow holes in them," Carter said. "Also, I think running airboats over the beds in the shallows is a big negative during that spawning period..." http://www.al.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2016/06/famed_lake_guntersville_bass_f.html
Political involvement - "A meeting in Scottsboro of the Lake Guntersville Conservation group drew more than a hundred anglers as well as State Senator Steve Livingston, State Representative Tommy Haines and other local officials as well as Alabama DCNR biologists and officers...The session was aimed at restoring the bass fishery on the 69,000 acre lake sprawling across Jackson and Marshall Counties. Many said the fishing has been in a significant slump in recent years, resulting in not only reduced sporting opportunities but a decline in revenue for the many small businesses that depend on recreational activities at the lake as an economic driver." http://www.al.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2016/08/lake_guntersville_fans_meet_to.html
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