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Greetings fellow fishermen. I hate for this to be my first post but I've been following the condition of LA through you guys and this is where I thought I might look for help.
Just a brief introduction. I live close to LA and recently bought a 20 yr old Stratos to hopefully spend some quality time with my stepdad fishing LA since we'd been kind of taking for granted living so close to it. I spent about 2 months straight restoring this boat. I put in new carpet, seats, mechanical, and wet sanded and polished like a day laborer to get the oxidation off.
(all from a wheelchair at that)
So, you could imagine my disappointment after all this work and expense to learn that the lake just down the road from me was turning into a stinky septic pond because of the carp.
I've been lurking here since then, reading and following certain members efforts and such, which I am truly grateful for. Especially John and the others who are obviously dedicated to trying to make a difference.
Recently there has been concern with the water quality in the Lake Austin Estates neighborhood and people were complaining about the smells, the chlorine amounts etc.. After following things here and seeing the news reports as well as the back and forth with the CoA and TP&W, I thought I would try and make my contribution by alerting the neighbors of the carp and loss of habitat situation. I'm no biologist, but it doesn't take one to understand that that lack of plant life to filter the water and imbalance of carp is definitely making an impact, especially after reading all of your stories here and being on the water myself.
I may have bitten off more than I can chew when I posted this to the neighborhood news group, but the frustration with the situation had taken over and I pulled the trigger. Here is what I wrote:
Concerned about the water quality? GET RID OF THE CARP! 13h ago
You can thank Eric Moreland Meet Our Members | Elite 25 Austin...
and FOLA (Friends of Lake Austin) for kneejerk reacting and dumping thousands and thousands of carp in Lake Austin because they didn't want the icky hydrilla touching their precious babies' feet when they're wakeboarding. (wakeboarding is also eroding and tearing up the lake with no vegetation to stop it) The carp have eaten ALL (and I mean ALL) of the plant life and completely destroyed the ecosystem balance of the lake. Even the new plant life they're trying to re-plant hasn't been successful. Now that there's no plant life to FILTER the water and GIANT carp are pooping in it, it smells and tastes well...like...POOP....You can believe the "algae bloom" story if it makes you feel better, but It wouldn't be able to bloom so wildly if it didn't have so much POOP/fertilizer in the water... I think it's a cover story personally.
I've spoken to a couple of long time Lake Austin fishermen and they've said that this species of carp is adapting to the "no food left" situation by eating OTHER fish (when they were supposed to be vegetarian) I can't confirm this, but it makes sense. Not to mention that the baby fish have no place to hide and grow since the carp ate ALL of their habitat. People clear the forest and wonder where all the animals went....o_0 SMH
So, what once used to be the 3rd best fishing lake in Texas and top 10 in the nation... [Read More]
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