New Lake Fishing on Fire!!!
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SlyAngler

United States

#21 Feb 15, 2010
Bill wrote:
Yes, what was the bait? I've only caught 5 ouncers out there :)
Bill,

New Lake gets alot of public fishing pressure. The size limit on largemouth bass use to be 12 inches for many years. Once the bass in New Lake reached 12 inches many fishermen would keep them. The City changed the size limit to 15 inches to keep a bass in New Lake last year. This will help as 12 inch bass only have one spawning year then they could legally be harvested. A 15 inch bass will have spawned 2 to 3 times in New Lake before they can be legally harvested.

This will increase the numbers of bass fingerlings produced in New Lake in the coming years thus increasing the population of bass in the Lake. If we can get people to abide by the law and release undersize bass. A 15 inch bass will weigh around a pound and half. So, the lake should be abundant in one pound bass which would make a very nice community lake bass fishery.

Of course, some people will break the rules and keep undersize bass. You can't train a monkey to drive a car down Interstate 65 due to ignorance. There will always be some to cheat the system for greed and selfishness but if the TWRA will enforce the law "regularly" with patrol and bust the people keeping undersize bass it will increase the numbers of bass in New Lake and provide an awesome fishing lake.

An increase of bass fingerlings in New Lake will also provide more forage for crappie, bluegill and shellcracker to eat thus improving the quantity and quality of all fishes in New Lake.
Not Free

Columbia, TN

#22 Feb 15, 2010
SlyAngler wrote:
I'd be willing to support a 3 dollar day pass for people 16 and up or a 30 dollar annual permit to fish in New Lake. The funds should go to the City.
However, the money should be "earmarked" to be used to stock fish annually and make road repairs by the City. The potholes have become really bad again from the weather and traffic around the Lake.
We all have to face the fact that nothing is FREE if you want to have good facilities and to maintain property and a lake it costs money. I know the fishing and roads would be greatly improved with a 5000 dollar annual budget. It would be the best money the City ever spent for the people and a daily use or annual permit could provide the funds to do it. While they do stock the lake each year with catfish the numbers are very low and the fish are caught out in a few weeks. They stock less than 500 catfish annually for a lake around 25 acres. The correct stocking rate would be 100/acre which would be around 2500. The fish would need to be 8 to 12 inches to prevent predation from bass.
They have a daily permit or annual permit over in Shelbyville on Bedford Lake. It't really a great idea.
People would complain about having to pay to buy a permit because it's always been free but just look at how much better the fishing would be if they had 5000 a year to stock fish. You could purchase the permit from the drive up window downtown.
I've counted over 200 people in a day on the Lake this past summer during peak spawning periods so anyone knows it could easily create at least 5,000 dollars a yr in a budget. Probably even more...
Just a thought so please don't attack me on this idea. Just think of the lake loaded with fish every spring from a fall stocking.. NICE!!
You are right ear mark the funds for the Lake up keep only and raise the price as to cover those with out a fishing licenses too require or cover a daily permit.
Same way with all the local parks and ball fields let the funds go back to ear marked funds for their maintenance and up keep take the burden completely off the Tax payer or the ones not using them.
SlyAngler

United States

#23 Feb 15, 2010
Not Free wrote:
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You are right ear mark the funds for the Lake up keep only and raise the price as to cover those with out a fishing licenses too require or cover a daily permit.
Same way with all the local parks and ball fields let the funds go back to ear marked funds for their maintenance and up keep take the burden completely off the Tax payer or the ones not using them.
Yes it doesn't seem that complicated does it? I have talked to over 100 fishermen on New Lake who said they would be for a city permit if the monies were used to stock fish, maintain the roads and property at a higher level.

New Lake is a gem. It could truly be one of the finest recreational activities if more attention was placed on it. The people who use the property could provide the funds to see it happen. As for walkers, anyone who frequents the property 3 times a week knows it's 95% fisherman and less than 5% walkers on the trail.

I am in support of the trail but I think the fishing permit would be suffice in creating a nice budget to operate the facility to very high standard. I think they would be shocked at the number of fishing permits sold. I would prefer an annual pass as for those of us who fish alot it would be easier than to have to go get a permit every other day. Twenty five or thirty dollars a year would be very reasonable. Of course it would be pointless if they did not enforce it.
SlyAngler

United States

#24 Feb 15, 2010
I will add if the City Lake Committee would look into the USDA programs such as Wildlife Habitat Incentive, Wetland Reserve Programs and the Nature Conservancy and Ducks Unlimited they have numerous programs which cost share up to 75% annually for wildlife and aquatic improvements, and environmental projects which include rip rap for stabilizing erosion, tree and shrub plantings for wildife and other numerous other improvements for water quality.

This means our city lake could get federal and private monies reimbursed up to 75% to pay for the improvements. They could gather the information and present it to the City Council. They really need more qualified people on these Committee's. They could use prisoners to do the work, volunteers or city employees and probably come out ahead based on the rate of reimbursement pay for the improvements. Wouldn't cost them a dime.
Run for Mayor

Nashville, TN

#25 Feb 15, 2010
SlyAngler wrote:
I will add if the City Lake Committee would look into the USDA programs such as Wildlife Habitat Incentive, Wetland Reserve Programs and the Nature Conservancy and Ducks Unlimited they have numerous programs which cost share up to 75% annually for wildlife and aquatic improvements, and environmental projects which include rip rap for stabilizing erosion, tree and shrub plantings for wildife and other numerous other improvements for water quality.
This means our city lake could get federal and private monies reimbursed up to 75% to pay for the improvements. They could gather the information and present it to the City Council. They really need more qualified people on these Committee's. They could use prisoners to do the work, volunteers or city employees and probably come out ahead based on the rate of reimbursement pay for the improvements. Wouldn't cost them a dime.
Well could you run for Mayor of the County you seem to have some common sense!
Yet I do say this, state and even federal programs cost us all and do have strings attached but that said the erosion and conservation, environmental programs I like!

Seriously Consider running for Marshall County Mayor or any public office I see you are interested in the environment as to your posts, Yet are not a free loader off the taxpayers, like some want to be!
SlyAngler

United States

#26 Feb 15, 2010
Run for Mayor wrote:
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Well could you run for Mayor of the County you seem to have some common sense!
Yet I do say this, state and even federal programs cost us all and do have strings attached but that said the erosion and conservation, environmental programs I like!
Seriously Consider running for Marshall County Mayor or any public office I see you are interested in the environment as to your posts, Yet are not a free loader off the taxpayers, like some want to be!
I wouldn't mind being on the Lake Committee. I think you have to know the mayor to be appointed. I was told by one Lake Committee person they have not even met in 4 years.
Not Me

Nashville, TN

#27 Feb 15, 2010
SlyAngler wrote:
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I wouldn't mind being on the Lake Committee. I think you have to know the mayor to be appointed. I was told by one Lake Committee person they have not even met in 4 years.

Run For County Mayor, or County Commission don't you think to get on on that committee a city council person might get you on try QB she is good? Have you seen who is on that committee if not look it up might not do any good to get on if they only meet in once in 4 years go to City Council meetings and dicuss the issue at public input time meet BW let her know do you think that might work?
SlyAngler

United States

#28 Feb 15, 2010
I have no desire to be a politician. I've worked in goverment and prefer the private sector. I make 5 times more and can get things done with fighting the evils and their own self interests.

I tried to talk to a few people about the Lake Committee but it got nowhere. I think they prefer to do nothing. Perhaps, I needed a better contact..

fisherman

Columbia, TN

#29 Feb 19, 2010
Thanks!
SlyAngler

United States

#30 Feb 19, 2010
It looks like a few days of warmer weather is on the way. It should help with the fishing!
Tim

United States

#31 May 18, 2010
TWRA IS A JOKE!
Rufus

United States

#32 Jun 10, 2010
Catfish mania caught the limit today!!!
quarryguy

Woodbury, TN

#33 Jul 12, 2010
vols fan wrote:
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did you ever find anything or buy one?
Help

Clemmons, NC

#34 May 5, 2013
Where can I find the limits for New Lake Reservoir in Lewisburg Tn. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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