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Monday, July 28, 2008

• Cross Lake: More Spraying 7-28-08

I walked outside this morning down to the pier to feed to the sunfish, turtles, and minnows and instead saw a small boat cruising down by the bank. Then I saw something spray through the air. He went on around the trees and along a neighboring pier, spraying weeds and pads with chemicals.

After calling the lake office, I learned that they are indeed spraying again. I was told the spray works better in warmer weather (and we've had 100 degree weather lately). They are from the hatchery and are out spraying for hydrilla and hyacinths, but this guy was spraying lily pads too. If you fish Cross Lake and you see pads dying off, that's why. I can't say I'm too thrilled about seeing the pads get sprayed. That's about the only vegetation left back in here aside from some weeds along the bank and the occasional clump of hyacinths.

The bass really haven't been biting back here much though. The water temps keep rising and the available oxygen drops. When these plants die, I've read they use up oxygen too. Back when they sprayed elsewhere on the lake, some anglers observed a subsequent and rather significant fish kill in the same area. For now, I suppose I'm generally okay with this spraying I saw today. I'm not planning on doing much fishing until the tournaments on Cross finish up and the air temps start dropping some. Also note that you are not supposed to eat any fish caught within two weeks of the chemical application. No sense in getting sick.

So that's what is going on. Be sure to get the word out.

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