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#11251764 - 11/29/15 10:21 AM Salvinia --> Fork
tommyc Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 04/18/06
Posts: 3248
Loc: Twok Yacht Club
The Dallas Morning News has an article on the salvinia at Fork. Sounds more than serious in the least. With all the big tournaments this fall, i.e. Berkley and Sealy, one would expect that it is in other areas of the lake as well.
The article states that TPWD has some money to spend on the issue and has already started treatment at Fork. Has salvinia ever been successfully eradicated from any large bodies of water?
I know there were a couple of threads on Fork salvinia in the past couple of weeks. Thought starting another one might be worthwhile. Have they scheduled a “State of the Lake Meeting” for Fork? Been to two of those in the past and found them quite informative.
Tom Cornelius

Romans 10:9-11

#11252276 - 11/29/15 02:32 PM Re: Salvinia --> Fork [Re: tommyc]
timwins31 Offline
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Registered: 02/04/11
Posts: 5545
Loc: DFW
I know it's still a serious issue, but the TPWD has gotten much better at fighting the stuff. They understand it better now and they have better pesticides for it.

#11252313 - 11/29/15 02:53 PM Re: Salvinia --> Fork [Re: tommyc]
Hunter's Dad Offline
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Registered: 01/29/09
Posts: 912
Loc: Between Rayburn and Toledo
Hate to be a glass half empty on this but this stuff worries me more than anything else related to hunting and fishing. Toledo has had the stuff longer than anywhere else I know of in my area. Weevils seemed to help some but I think maybe it was coincidence that we also had the severe drought years that congregated it and let the weevils somewhat control it. Never went away completely and the fluctuating water this year has allowed it to spread and be as bad as I can ever remember it. They were able to contain it on Rayburn for years but the high water this past year allowed it to spread and it has taken over the backs of a lot of creeks all over the lake. It is a nightmare to deal with. Maybe fork is small enough that they can control the spread and limit the areas. Once it gets all over the lake it seems to be impossible to eradicate. I am not aware of any successes on big bodies of water where they were able to eliminate it. Scientists at SFA and other universities are working on solutions but until the silver bullet is found I worry about the future of our fisheries.

#11252415 - 11/29/15 03:51 PM Re: Salvinia --> Fork [Re: tommyc]
txmasterpo Offline
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Registered: 11/10/12
Posts: 5954
Loc: Emory
It's a problem.... Look at Caddo.....but it doesn't exactly kill the fish!!

"What goes on around you compares little with what goes on inside you."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

#11252455 - 11/29/15 04:14 PM Re: Salvinia --> Fork [Re: tommyc]
mikey6345 Offline

Registered: 09/29/14
Posts: 247
Loc: Dallas
The stuff grows too fast to get rid of it completely. This is bad news. There was a post a while back that had some photos of Caddo and how bad it was a few weeks ago. The area the photos were taken was essentially open water earlier in the year. You can't run your boat through it without clogging the water intake. Ask me how I know frown

The biomass this stuff adds in terms of sediment is a big problem too.

The Greater Caddo Lake Association is running a greenhouse that is raising the Salvinia weevils and would love to have any donations. The learnings there can be useful for Lake Fork too.

#11253685 - 11/30/15 08:51 AM Re: Salvinia --> Fork [Re: tommyc]
BrianTx01 Offline
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Registered: 04/13/09
Posts: 5837
Loc: Fort Worth
What scares me the most is Asian carp. That fish has completely taken over areas of the Mississippi. Giant Salvinia is number 2.
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