Just a bit of follow-up on another thread regarding Marine Creek. I had a private message to call Tom, a Biologist who has worked on the lake. He thought it would be easier to tell the story than to write it.
Tom, said, in response to the skinny fish out there that many of us have commented on, and why couldn't shad be stocked, that the lake is very low in nutrients that shad rely on. And, Tom said they aren't stocking shad anyway that in conditions where they can thrive, they do well and increase in numbers quite easily on their own. Makes sense.
The other lake Tom mentioned as being very low in nutrients is Joe Pool, by the way. The nutrient issue has to do with the watershed and natural run off sources into the lakes.
So, there was never any attempt to breed a "world record" bass out there; that turned out to be a term coined by someone in upper management. The reason why they chose Marine Creek, one of 6 lakes I think Tom said, was knowing it wasn't a particularly strong fishery, they wanted to stock some 4 or 6" bass with the get-big genetics, and see how they compared. As it turned out when they went back out after 4 years to take a look, those particular fish actually did better than average compared to all of the lakes in the program.
Tom said one thing that really rang true to me. He said, in effect, Marine Creek is sort of like a stock tank, just a really big one. Stock tanks don't normally have shad populations, but have bass, some catfish and blue gills. So. the bass are eating blue gills and whatever else they can find.
Finally, they recently put some 2" big genetic fish in Marine to test it yet again. Tom thinks it is possible that the nutrient levels might get better and he based this on some development going on back toward the high school. I guess run off from that source.
There you go! Brad
Edited by Brad R (09/21/15 04:07 PM)