Balancing habitat and waterways has never been more important – Wired2Fish

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A large habitat is what makes a good bass fishing lake. This habitat comes in many forms, including grasses, submerged vegetation, riparian grasses, and woods. Rocks, stumps and other shelters not only serve as cover for adult fish, but it is imperative to consider small fish as well.

Many of our great bass fishing lakes across the country have become large as weeds and shoreline cover have increased. However, there seems to be a problem with maintaining them, and that’s nationwide. Grass and vegetation management is one thing and important to some extent, but total eradication just doesn’t make sense to me. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why people who are responsible for improving our lakes are spraying this product. It is the cornerstone of the ecosystem of our lakes.

The terms “allochthonous” and “invasive” are, in my opinion, overused. It seems that these terms can also be counterproductive, since the long-term effects of spraying and eliminating with herbicides are not yet felt. In some cases, the long-term ramifications can make this solution much worse than the actual problem.

How does it affect other parts of the ecosystem, including invertebrates, birds, and other animals? I’m definitely not a biologist or a scientist, but I bet I spend more time around water than a lot of them and I’ve seen the history of ill effects from spraying over the years . There’s no doubt, though, that it’s a hot topic across the country and there’s no easy answer no matter what side of the street you live on.

Owners of many lakes want pristine, managed waterfront properties and I get it; they have paid dearly for their house and they want it to be as clean as possible. Not being able to get their boat to their dock or being unable to swim or play in the water is also a problem, but there has to be a balance. Honestly, it seems like outdoor and fishing interests are taking over the backseat and the proverbial squeaky wheel getting greased with spraying and removal instead of looking at the total ecosystem and compromising. Lake managers have to wear a lot of hats and it seems that due to anglers’ lack of organization to tackle these issues, we are often overlooked.

For the record, I don’t blame landlords for wanting less weed-choked congestion around their properties and I find far fewer outdoor people buying lakeside than ever before, mostly due to affordability . Landlords are definitely not the enemy; they are simply part of the dynamic.

Spraying and eradication is certainly not the answer for either waterways or fisheries, but it seems to be the rule in today’s environment. How can we best work together? Should we get organized and push back this constant spraying approach?

It seems that even resource groups are doing a lot of the spraying when they know full well that it’s not better for the environment to continuously spray chemicals. But intense pressure from outside could be the culprit.

I believe the long term is much more important than a quick fix. While tons of studies have been done on the impacts, I’d like to see an unbiased group take control of those studies and look at three, five, and 10 years later and what’s happening to that environment from an environmental perspective. water and animals.

There is certainly good and bad vegetation; I think we can all agree on that. Some of them, considered detrimental, have however transformed some mediocre fisheries into great fisheries. But while a little vegetation is great for fishing, too much can be detrimental, so it’s a difficult balance for everyone involved. Instead of a general approach using a shotgun, perhaps a rifle approach could better serve both communities.

Ongoing research into what works and what doesn’t, with a focus on both vegetation and the surrounding environment over a longer period of time, can allow fisheries and shorelines to continue to be more vibrant. . Birds and other animals use the same body of water and the same shores. What we have already seen with DDT and other harmful chemical killers can happen again.

Our goals should be balanced and manageable with documentation and tracking as an essential ingredient.

We all live downstream. It is important that nothing is ever done for a short-term victory. Our waters and our children deserve better.


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