Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

January 25, 2012

Trying to help mother nature.

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:14 am

For better days: Special brush planted at Lake Fork

Bonds,RoggeTexas lakes are drastically low, but one sportsman’s group and state wildlife officials are taking advantage of exposed shorelines at Lake Fork to help get it ready for better days.

The Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recently planted hundreds of buttonbush plants Nov. 30 on the east side of “Fork,” a popular East Texas destination for anglers.

LFSA funded $1,900 to the task, while TPWD contributed $650.

“We’re just trying to add vegetation to the lake that will be self-propagating,” said Micheal Rogge, president of the Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association. “They make excellent fish habitat.”

The plants already are at least a year old, and they’re expected to establish themselves right away, unlike 1,000 seedlings that LFSA planted earlier this year but were eaten by wildlife.

“The deer, hogs and nutria — they all thought it was like a buffet,” Rogge said.

According to a TPWD news release, buttonbrush, a native woody shrub commonly called “buckbrush,” was chosen in an attempt to establish woody cover for fishes.

“When inundated by water, it helps provide great bass fishing,” the news release stated.

Buttonbush shrubs are well adapted to locations where water levels fluctuate substantially, which will likely be the case at Lake Fork.

TPWD officials said this type of habitat would become increasingly important as Dallas begins withdrawing water from the lake.

1 Comment »

  1. It is a shame that the state does nothing for Toledo Bend. This area is one place in Texas that is suffering worse than any state in America and no one really cares.

    Comment by cb75948 — January 25, 2012 @ 11:58 pm | Reply

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