Ahhhh, Spring has finally sprung. It gets my blood stirring to get outside for some yard work and gardening and indoor Spring cleaning. Speaking of cleaning, don’t forget that our Lake Clean-up day is coming up on Saturday May 4th. This lake sure needs it. It makes for a fun day and easy participation.
There’s a lot more coming up too. This year’s Freedom Alliance outing is scheduled for Friday May 17th. I’m told that there may be a slightly smaller group this year but we may still have a place for a few more volunteers.
And there’s more! The next Club tournament will go on Saturday May 18th. Make note that the “weigh-in” takes place at Parkway Marina just past the State Park. It’s going to be an interesting location. I haven’t heard of any fish at the dam yet but there should be plenty in Craddock Creek. We again will NOT be collecting fish for a fry, so any fish you keep are yours.
More happenings include our in-water boat show at the Bridgewater Marina same as last year. There’s no date scheduled yet but it should happen in June.
And on June 14th is the DGIF Striper Fishing Workshop. I don’t need any help on board for that but I will try to call some of you fishermen to gather some tips and hot spots. We have a group of six Boy Scouts who will participate.
Back in March Bob Rowe and I traveled to Richmond to meet with Gary Martel of DGIF Operations and Chris Dunnavant of DGIF Angling Education. Gary assured us stocking will continue on track but stressed the importance of returning the diary books to DGIF. These diaries are a prime management tool. He also briefed us about the introduction of grass carp into the lake to help control the hydrilla weed. With Chris we discussed the upcoming Striper Workshop and nailed down details and previewed the DGIF pontoon boat. Everything there looks in good order.
If you keep up with my water temperature reports you’ll know that I’ve been out fishing twice a week for the last month. The fish are there but sometimes have been a tough bite. They seem to be working their way down lake getting closer to Hales Ford Bridge.
It promises to be a busy and interesting next few weeks, but will also be tons of fun. Of course, its only fun if you come out and join in.
See you all on the water,