According to Bill Smallwood, Corps of Engineers lake manager, the complaints he’s receiving, the ones about hydrilla in public areas and around docks, well, they’re normal this time of year. “[Last summer] we had two options,” says Smallwood, “either make plans to re-stock grass carp or wait and see if Mother Nature would help us out over the winter.”
Mother Nature did her part, slowing the plant’s re-growth with high water, but it wasn’t enough. “As a result, it’s now covering the water surface in many areas (of the lake),” says Smallwood. Smallwood is considering his options, but says they are strongly considering stocking the lake more carp early next year.