|Friends of Reservoirs Member/Group Sponsoring the Project
|Kentucky BASS Nation
|Project Leader Contact Information
|571 Panther Creek Road
Kuttawa, Kentucky 42055
|Google Maps Location
|Please describe the project objective(s).
Create 1,000 shoreline laydowns to improve bass spawning habitat.
|Please describe the project methods. Will the product be used in conjunction with existing habitat restoration efforts on the reservoir? Will the product supplement natural brush, rock, or other materials being added to the reservoir?
Largemouth bass spawning cover will be created by placing artificial laydowns in areas with the appropriate gravel substrate and slope. Artificial laydowns are trees placed in shallow water and sunk with concrete blocks. The process involves first cutting down a tree (approx. 6in DBH) from the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area on the lake’s edge and dragging it towards the bank where a boat is waiting. We then lift the top of the tree onto the front of the boat. Next, we use rope to tie one concrete block to the tree along the trunk and another block closer to the tree’s top. Then the boat driver reverses while someone in the boat holds the top of the tree to drag it into the shallow water, at which point they will let it sink. Hardwoods are generally used as they are available with the occasional cedar or elm tree as needed. Trees are placed perpendicular to the shoreline to best mimic most natural laydowns with the treetops farthest into the water. To maximize the potential use by bass, laydowns will be placed so that they are in less than 10 feet of water at summer pool and approximately 30 feet apart along gravel banks. This work will be focused away from the main lake and within smaller pockets that can provide some protection from wind, waves and heavy current. Although natural wood tends to decay after a few years, the shallowness of these structures should allow the blocks to be reused in the future by simply replacing the trees.
|Will state fish and wildlife agency staff be directly involved in the project? How so (planning, site selection, participation in installation)? Is there an associated lake or habitat management plan that states the need for structural habitat enhancement?
Following several documented weak bass spawns from 2010-2015, the goal of this project is to provide more bass with optimal spawning habitat and juvenile habitat to potentially improve upcoming bass spawns, and therefore, improve catch rates of bass by anglers. Researchers have shown that largemouth bass prefer to spawn on gravel substrate near simple cover such as trees that have fallen off the bank. Furthermore, largemouth bass are not community spawners and typically create beds at least 30 feet from one another. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) recently began experimenting with shallow water bass spawning habitat in nearby Lake Barkley. KDFWR’s recently conducted snorkel surveys revealed that the new spawning habitat was being using by bass and other species like bluegill, redear, and longear sunfish. There are abundant areas of Kentucky Lake which seem to have the appropriate gravel and slope, but are missing the simple cover. Getting this grant would start to fix that problem on over 5 miles of shoreline.
|List the species that the project is expected to benefit:
Spawning flats designated for growth of bass, bream, bluegill and redear.
|How do you plan to conduct outreach and advertise the project? (Examples: on-site signage, press releases, websites, message boards)
KDFWR and Kentucky B.A.S.S. Nation will work to provide educational information about this project and bass spawning in general through available social media platforms. This information will be meant to increase the knowledge on why we choose to implement simulated laydowns and what they mean for anglers. Active fisheries management like this is not often attempted in reservoirs this large, but with enough people involved, anything is possible.
|Upload at least one letter of support from a representative of the state fish and wildlife management agency:
|Partnership and Budget
|Does the project involve one or more youth groups?
|Please list all partners involved in the project:
Mossback Grant Review