Watts Bar Lake Association https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org Providing education and stewardship for Watts Bar Lake Fri, 08 Nov 2019 03:51:09 -0400 en-US hourly 1 https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/cropped-sunset512-32x32.png Watts Bar Lake Association https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org 32 32 Resolution Passed https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/resolution-passed/ https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/resolution-passed/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2019 03:51:09 +0000 https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/?p=1679 Commissioners also took a stand against invasive Asian carp by passing a resolution supporting efforts by the Tennessee legislature, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority to control and prevent the fish. “… …

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Commissioners also took a stand against invasive Asian carp by passing a resolution supporting efforts by the Tennessee legislature, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority to control and prevent the fish.

“… Loudon County Commission supports the funding and installation of electric barriers to control the movement of invasive Asian carp, especially silver carp, immediately downstream of all the dams located in East Tennessee that contain a barge lock utilized for the movement of waterway traffic (commercial and recreational), especially the Watts Bar Dam, which services the Watts Bar Lake that has less than 42% of its shoreline within Loudon County boundaries,” the resolution reads.

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TNWF.org – RSVP for Next Asian Carp Grassroots Action Call https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/tnwf-org-rsvp-for-next-asian-carp-grassroots-action-call/ https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/tnwf-org-rsvp-for-next-asian-carp-grassroots-action-call/#respond Sat, 19 Oct 2019 17:52:57 +0000 https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/?p=1670 RSVP for the Next Asian Carp Grassroots Action Call Thursday, October 31 at 1 p.m. CT / 2 p.m. ET   If you’d like to join us , please take a minute to RSVP by October 25 (and ask questions …

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RSVP for the Next Asian Carp Grassroots Action Call

Thursday, October 31 at 1 p.m. CT / 2 p.m. ET

 

If you’d like to join us , please take a minute to RSVP by October 25 (and ask questions in advance) here: forms.gle/3G8Hf8JfPtnddWi76

 

Then join us by phone

Dial in: (646) 558 8656

Webinar ID: 826 216 763

 

Or, if you want to ask questions in real time, join us online at… zoom.us/j/826216763

 

 

To invite others who will actively engage on this issue, please have them complete this form: forms.gle/18J8A2ACYn37Q3iG8

 

 

For questions and concerns, please email Lindsay Gardner at lgardner@tnwf.org. And to learn more about Asian carp and the impacts, visit tnwf.org/asian-carp

 

We look forward to your participation!

 

Sincerely,

Lindsay Gardner, Conservation Policy Manager

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Contact Lists https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/contact-lists/ https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/contact-lists/#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:20:58 +0000 https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/?p=1665 Contact Lists for Government and Media Thanks to the WBEFC (Watts Bar Ecology and Fishery Council). They have provided our citizens and communities with three handy government and media contact lists which can be easily viewed and printed at the …

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Contact Lists for Government and Media

Thanks to the WBEFC (Watts Bar Ecology and Fishery Council). They have provided our citizens and communities with three handy government and media contact lists which can be easily viewed and printed at the links below. Links for these pages have also been added to the contact tab at the top of our page.

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Tennessee Aquarium, partners have now released more than 250,000 Lake Sturgeon into wild https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/tennessee-aquarium-partners-have-now-released-more-than-250000-lake-sturgeon-into-wild/ https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/tennessee-aquarium-partners-have-now-released-more-than-250000-lake-sturgeon-into-wild/#respond Thu, 17 Oct 2019 15:55:24 +0000 https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/?p=1657 Age-old wisdom claims it takes a village to raise a child. As it turns out, the same could be said of the effort to rescue a river giant. Despite being one of the largest fish in the Tennessee River and …

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Age-old wisdom claims it takes a village to raise a child. As it turns out, the same could be said of the effort to rescue a river giant.

Despite being one of the largest fish in the Tennessee River and boasting lifespans that can stretch past 150 years, the Lake Sturgeon was pushed to the brink of disappearing from the Southeast during much of the 20th century. Due to a combination of human activities, including overfishing, pollution and damming, this riverine titan had vanished from the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers and their tributaries by the 1970s.

By 1998, changes to clean water legislation and river management practices had improved the Tennessee River as a potential habitat for sturgeon. That year, the Tennessee Aquarium helped to found the Lake Sturgeon Working Group. This umbrella group represented a host of government and non-profit organizations joining forces to restore the Lake Sturgeon to the historical waters from which it had been ousted.

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Kingston tackles the silver carp issue https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/kingston-tackles-the-silver-carp-issue/ https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/kingston-tackles-the-silver-carp-issue/#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:27:32 +0000 https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/?p=1652 Kingston tackles the Silver Carp Issue by Hugh Willett The Kingston City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution in support of efforts to stop the migration of Silver Carp toward Watts Bar Lake. “This is something simple that we …

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Kingston tackles the Silver Carp Issue

by Hugh Willett

The Kingston City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution in support of efforts to stop the migration of Silver Carp toward Watts Bar Lake.

“This is something simple that we can do to help,” said Councilwoman Stephanie Wright.

Council was responding to a recent workshop by fisheries biologist Timothy Joseph who urged city officials to take action to prevent the migration of Silver Carp into the Watts Bar ecosystem.

The silver carp is an invasive species that poses a danger to boaters and the ecosystem, he said.

The carp, which are known to jump into the air at the sound of an approaching boat, will also outcompete other native game fish.

Silver carp have had a devastating impact on the Mississippi and Ohio River watersheds where they have caused problems for boaters and damaged opportunities for sport fishing in places such as “The Land Between the Lakes”, he said.

Silver Carp may have invaded the Tennessee as far upriver as Guntersville Lake in Alabama.

It is expected that they will continue to migrate past Nickajack Lake, into Watts Bar and on to Fort Loudoun and Tellico Lakes, he said.

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Letter from WBEFC – Silver Carp Migration https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/letter-from-wbefc-silver-carp-migration/ https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/letter-from-wbefc-silver-carp-migration/#respond Sun, 29 Sep 2019 19:42:03 +0000 https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/?p=1646 Letter from WBEFC – Silver Carp Migration All: Please see the Senator-STRAWMAN LETTER and information from the TWF. $25 million has be allocated to the silver carp problem, but it is clear from what I heard on the TWF Conference …

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Letter from WBEFC – Silver Carp Migration

All: Please see the Senator-STRAWMAN LETTER and information from the TWF.

$25 million has be allocated to the silver carp problem, but it is clear from what I heard on the TWF Conference call, the “Majority” will be spent on reducing numbers in destroyed lakes and not on stopping migration to carp-free lakes. The spending priority must be changed to protecting the five beautiful carp-free lakes here in East Tn. We need a major campaign to make the PROTECTION of our lakes the TOP PRIORITY. Destruction can be prevented, but will it happen? Only if everyone gets involved and we get support from government officials at all levels. Sadly, apathy seems to reign, thus I have my doubts.

 

Please join this important effort and do your part in protecting our wondrous lakes for our children, grandchildren, and their kids.

Information and a draft/straw-man letter is provided below.

 

Thanks all

Tim

 

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Rhea Alliance scholarship fishing tourney returns Oct. 12-13 https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/rhea-alliance-scholarship-fishing-tourney-returns-oct-12-13/ https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/rhea-alliance-scholarship-fishing-tourney-returns-oct-12-13/#respond Sat, 28 Sep 2019 02:38:38 +0000 https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/?p=1643 The Rhea Alliance will be hosting its fifth annual scholarship bass tournament on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 with $8,500 in scholarships to be awarded in the two-day tournament. The bass tournament is open to Rhea County residents who are …

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The Rhea Alliance will be hosting its fifth annual scholarship bass tournament on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 with $8,500 in scholarships to be awarded in the two-day tournament.

The bass tournament is open to Rhea County residents who are in the sixth- through twelfth-grade on the day of the tournament. The two-day event will begin on Saturday, Oct. 12, on Watts Bar Lake from the Rhea Springs Boat Ramp. Day 2 action will take place on Sunday, Oct. 13, on Lake Chickamauga out of the Dayton Boat Dock ramp. Blast off will be at safe light and weigh-in at 2 p.m. each day.

The winner of the High School Division Angler and Co-Angler (9-12th grade) will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the college or trade school of their choice from Rhea Alliance, and a $2,500 scholarship to Bryan College. The second place winning team will each receive $500 scholarships to the college or trade school of their choice from Rhea Alliance.

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Bass Club Kicks off New Season https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/bass-club-kicks-off-new-season/ https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/bass-club-kicks-off-new-season/#respond Sat, 28 Sep 2019 02:35:03 +0000 https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/?p=1640 The Lenoir City High School Bass Club kicked off the 2019-20 fishing season with a bang Saturday when three duos finished in the top 20 in the Tennessee Bass Nation Southeast Region tournament on Watts Bar Lake. “It went pretty …

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The Lenoir City High School Bass Club kicked off the 2019-20 fishing season with a bang Saturday when three duos finished in the top 20 in the Tennessee Bass Nation Southeast Region tournament on Watts Bar Lake.

“It went pretty well,” Allen Woods, Bass Club coach, said. “Fishing was tough. It only took 12 pounds to win, but I think it’s cool to see … this is what I preach to my kids, but you can have one team win everything from your school’s team, but to show you are a team as far as everybody involved, if you’ve got three teams in the top 20, that’s what I like to see rather than one team finishing in the top 10 and everybody finishing in the bottom. I’m well pleased with the way we finished Saturday.”

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Local paddlers invited down Tennessee https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/local-paddlers-invited-down-tennessee/ https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/local-paddlers-invited-down-tennessee/#respond Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:47:13 +0000 https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/?p=1637 Loudon County Visitors Bureau and River Sports Outfitters are teaming up to hold a county-wide paddle Sept. 29 that will allow participants to explore Loudon County down the Tennessee River. The idea sprung up last summer when RSO opened a …

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Loudon County Visitors Bureau and River Sports Outfitters are teaming up to hold a county-wide paddle Sept. 29 that will allow participants to explore Loudon County down the Tennessee River.

The idea sprung up last summer when RSO opened a location at Lenoir City Park.

“I think it started about a year ago when we started doing rentals down at the county park,” Ed McAlister, RSO owner, said. “We got that opened and in the meantime the UT Landscape Architecture Department started this river-lake study maybe two years ago. They’re looking at the confluence from the French Broad and the Holston all the way to Paducah (Ky.).”

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JOHN MURRAY WINS TWO-DAY T-H MARINE FLW BASS FISHING LEAGUE EVENT ON WATTS BAR LAKE https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/john-murray-wins-two-day-t-h-marine-flw-bass-fishing-league-event-on-watts-bar-lake/ https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/john-murray-wins-two-day-t-h-marine-flw-bass-fishing-league-event-on-watts-bar-lake/#comments Tue, 17 Sep 2019 18:03:44 +0000 https://wattsbarlakeassociation.org/?p=1632 September 16, 2019  by FLW Communications ROCKWOOD, Tenn. – Boater John Murray of Spring City, Tennessee, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 28 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer …

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September 16, 2019  by FLW Communications

ROCKWOOD, Tenn. – Boater John Murray of Spring City, Tennessee, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 28 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division super-tournament on Watts Bar Lake Sunday. Murray earned $7,334 for his efforts.John Murray

“I fished in the lower end of the lake, main-lake near the dam,” said Murray, a West Coast fishing legend who has accumulated more than $1.2 million dollars in career earnings as a professional angler. “I felt pretty good about this tournament, because I had a good shallow-water pattern and also a couple of deep areas for when the weather cleared up and got sunny.

“Saturday was awesome – I think I caught around 15 to 20 keepers,” Murray continued. “Both my co-angler and I had great days – he ended up winning as well. Sunday was tough, though. I only boated five keepers, and my co-angler only boated two. Luckily, it was enough for us to both get the wins.”

Murray said that of the 10 fish that he weighed in, seven – including his big ones – came from his shallow-water pattern while three came from out deep. Murray threw a Z-Man Evergreen ChatterBait Jack Hammer with a clear-sparkle-colored shad-shaped fluke-type bait while fishing shallow and drop-shotted a red bug-colored Gene Larew TattleTail Worm out deep.

“The key was having my deep spots for when the sun got up,” Murray said. “A couple of the deep areas were loaded up, and I was able to find them using my Garmin electronics to key in on the right spots.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

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