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Lake Istokpoga aquatic plant management

Post By: hawghawler      Posted: 2/11/2016 1:59:57 PM     Points: 66666    

Can anyone provide a report on what is going on with Lake Istokpoga. I have a tournament in a couple of months and wonder what the water conditions are around the lake. I have heard that there is a lot of work on the reeds.
 Reply by: culinarypunk      Posted: 2/15/2016 10:00:46 AM     Points: 84487
From FWC

Conditions Reports
By: culinarypunk (Dale) on 2/10/2016
Florida FWC Begins Plant Removal in Lake Istokpoga | February 10, 2016 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Tuesday, Feb. 9, began removing 27 acres of floating plant material in Lake Istokpoga's Big Island Marsh in Highlands County. The project is scheduled to take about two months. Mechanical harvesters will be used to remove the heavy mats of floating plants, often called tussocks, in the marsh, which is critical habitat for many fish and wildlife species, including the Everglades snail kite. The FWC will remove plants that include cattail, primrose and burhead sedge to reduce the negative effects of decaying plant material on the marsh. The 27,692-acre Lake Istokpoga near Sebring is known for its black crappie and largemouth bass fishery. However, the lake has undergone changes in the past 30 years that have affected the quality of its fish and wildlife habitat. The FWC designed this project as part of ongoing enhancement of the marsh of the Big Island. This work is complementary to other aquatic plant management activities currently taking place around the lake.
 Reply by: hawghawler      Posted: 2/15/2016 12:10:20 PM     Points: 66666
Thanks for the information. I hope it doesn't impact the fishing much, last year there was a lot of dead vegetation that made fishing shallow murky. Last year one angler caught a nice bass over 11 pounds.