BRANSON, Mo. — Members of the Missouri B.A.S.S. Nation placed pine trees donated by Silver Dollar City into Table Rock Lake. The trees were placed in water 5 to 10 feet deep for spawning beds in the fishery. It is an annual project. The 10 volunteers who participated contributed 80 man-hours in 2012.
Members of the Hays Bass Anglers Association helped place 350 cedar trees as habitat into Waconda Lake.
Members of the Hays Bass Anglers Association assembled hundreds of wire handles and added them to habitat that was being placed in Sheridan Lake.
CONROE, Texas — In 2012, the Texas B.A.S.S. Nation did more work on Lake Conroe as part of a long-term aquatic habitat restoration program on the fishery. The project has been ongoing since 2006. For 2012, members of the Texas B.A.S.S. Nation added 4 acres of artificial habitat to the lake. The members used spiderblocks enhanced with bamboo. In addition, the chapter restocked 5 miles of shoreline with native aquatic plants with the goal of recolonizing the lake for fisheries recruitment.
Members of the Rutland B.A.S.S. Club placed 75 Christmas trees in Lake St. Catherine to add much needed habitat.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation got involved in multiple legislative and political activiities in 2012 across the state to promote fishing, access and protecting the rights of anglers.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation has been working with Alabama Power Co. to develop projects on lakes owned by the utility. Projects include habitat improvement, access, fish management (such as live release boats) and state-of-the-art weigh-in facilities. This project has been an ongoing activity. Eddie Plemons, Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation president, and two other volunteers contributed 16 man-hours to the project in 2012.
EUFAULA, Ala. — The Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation helped prevent the addition of a landfill adjacent to the Chattahoochee River above Lake Eufaula. "Our participation was instrumental in getting involvement of key players in organizations concerned with the health of the river system," said Jim Howard of the Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation. "The end result was that the County Commission denied the permit." Howard contributed 8 man-hours to halt the landfill permit.
ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. — The Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation is continuing its involvement in the process of re-licensing two dams on the Tallapossa River. "Activities include review of the plans for assessment of impacts, submittal documents, input management strategies for all aspects of the dams and input any mitigation activities we see as relevant to fish populations, access, shoreline habitat, recreation and access," explained Jim Howard.
FRANKLIN, Ala. — Members of the Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation worked together to assess any potential fisheries impact related to the placement of a small hydroturbine at Clairborne Lock and Dam on the Alabama River. Three volunteers contributed 12 man-hours to this project.
BELGREEN, Ala. — Members of the Belgreen Bassmasters worked with others to place native species in Little Bear Lake, a lake with little natural vegetative habitat. The effort was part of a long-term habitat improvement project. The club involved university researchers in the project to help determine the most effective species and placement strategies. The project included planting the vegetation as well as creating protected vegetation beds.