MEEKER, Okla. — The Leavenworth Bass Club, in conjunction with Whopped Baits of Meeker, Okla., started an effort in 2012 to recycle members’ used soft plastic lures. The club’s conservation chairman collected the lures from members during the last six months of the year. He mailed 13 pounds of used soft plastics to Whopper Baits in December. Whopper Baits re-poured the used lures and provided the re-poured lures to youth bass fishing clubs at no cost to the clubs.
LACYGNE, Kan. — Members of KC Bass and the Kansas B.A.S.S. Nation added habitat in LaCyne Reservoir. The 20 volunteers built 110 structures out of scrap PVC pipe and placed them in LaCygne, along with four Berkley Fish Habs. The chapter used funds from Kansas B.A.S.S. Nation and KC Bass conservation to buy supplies. They contributed 40 man-hours.
DENVER — Members of the Denver Bassmasters helped restore the habitat on Colorado's Quincy Reservoir. Volunteers added existing brush and trees, as well as 22 1/2 gallon buckets filled with cement and irrigation tubing and PVC pipe, to the reservoir at winter/early spring low water levels. "Within two weeks, fish were using structures," said Tom Grace, "and the structures were holding small baitfish and fry." The 17 volunteers contributed 125 man-hours to the project. They raised $600 and covered 160 acres.
Gerald Adrian knows all about hydrilla, an invasive non-native aquatic plant that bass anglers often target as cover for fish.
ARCHDALE, N.C. — Bill Frazier of the North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation worked with multiple state and national stakeholders to develop the National Snakehead Management Plan. "The plan was mandated by Congress through federal agencies," explained Frazier. "Activities included writing the plan and its components to address snakehead infestations, investigations and mitigation. It includes maintaining contact with and representing national B.A.S.S. interests in this effort."
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In 2012, at least 20 volunteers from the North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation helped in conducting weigh-ins. Specific tournaments in which the members assisted were the Bassmaster Classic on the Red River, Oakley Big Bass on Lake Murray, Toyota Trucks Bonus Bucks Owners Tournament on Lake Norman and a BFL on High Rock Lake. The volunteers aided in the professional handling and release of tournament-caught fish.
ARCHDALE, N.C. — Before each North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation tournament, the chapter performs voluntary boat/trailer inspections for invasive species. The exercise serves as live public education, and it keeps invasives from entering tournament waters, as well. In 2012, the chapter (including Archdale Bass Club and Randleman Outdoor Youth) performed 11 inspections, requiring six volunteers and 20 man-hours.
ARCHDALE, N.C. — The North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation teaches young anglers the basics with its course, Bass Class 101. The six-week series for high schoolers focuses on bass biology, tournament strategy/tactics, community interaction, resource conservation and business management. After the series is complete, anglers go out in a boat for at least one day of scouting, and then they compete in 11 tournaments. A trophy is awarded at the end of the year. In 2012, the project required six volunteers and attracted 30 participants, dedicating a total of 352 man-hours.
LAKE GASTON, N.C. — The North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation collaborated with the Lake Gaston Homeowner's Association, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and North Carolina State University to plant native aquatic vegetation in Lake Gaston to combat invasive hydrilla infestation. In all, 30 volunteers contributed 480 man-hours to add plants to 100 acres of habitat.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Members of the Archdale Bass Club and Randleman Outdoor Youth helped work fish care for the 2012 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Norman. "The primary focus here was to put youth in the leadership roles working with Chris Bowes," said Bill Frazier of the North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation.