Eagles on Lake Fork

This survey by the US Army Corp of Engineers and US Geological Survey in conjunction with the US Fish & Wildlife service known as the Lake Fork Mid-Winter Eagle Survey has been conducted for more than twenty- five years by volunteers.  The Mid-Winter Eagle Survey is held in over 22 standardized areas throughout Texas each year on the second weekend of January.  The 2021 Lake Fork Survey was held this year on Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of January by water and land routes around the Lake Fork Reservoir.  Volunteers for the event gathered at the Oak Ridge Marina which has served as the headquarters for the count for many years.  They were given specific instructions about proper documentation of eagle spotting so that the data collection would be reliable. They conduct the eagle count on the same weekend each year nationwide.

Information gathered during the count is used to determine multiple variables of the eagle’s habitat including environmental effects on nesting locations, number of mature and immature eagles, viability of offspring and comparative population data from previous years. Local growth and development of a particular area and population growth within that area are also used to monitor the habitat availability of an area where eagles are frequently spotted. The results are compiled in a national database.  It is noteworthy to mention that the eagles’ need for a water source causes them to often create their habitat close to area Texas lakes.

This year’s participants traveled from a variety of locations near to and far from Lake Fork. The Audubon Society and the Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association has supported the count since 2001 by volunteering boats for water routes and providing volunteers with information on eagle sightings over the year. 

This year’s survey, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, resulted in fewer volunteers.  However, we received wonderful feedback from the ones who were able to participate. This year the eagles showed up in many areas around the lake as excited observers counted 13 eagles on Saturday. Of those, 8 were mature and 5 were immature.  Our Sunday spotters counted a total of 14 eagles with 8 being mature and 6 being immature. It was an enjoyable and productive weekend.     

Special thanks to the Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association, Oak Ridge Marina, the Audubon Society, master naturalists and all the volunteers for making this year’s eagle count a success.  We are looking forward to the 2022 Eagle Survey and hope that more prospective eagle watchers join in. 

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Hi: 79

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Mar. 22)

GOOD. Water Stained; 55-62 degrees; 1.64 feet below pool. The cold front dropped the water temperature down 10 degrees in some areas slowing the bass bite. Use a slow bait presentation with Texas rigs, baby brush hogs or beaver type baits on the outside edge of the grass. Darker colored baits like V & M chopsticks in Texas smoke have been fair in 3-6 feet. Look for the bite to improve by the weekend as the water temperature warms and bass return to beds. Frogs and baits worked on top of the grass and in the pockets of grass should be great by the weekend. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Cooler weather is affecting the movement of the black bass, as the water cools the females are not committing to the beds, but as the water warms activity will increase. Search warmer clearer water in the backs of coves and creeks for active fish. Crappie are beginning to move towards the banks, try small bead heads fished slowly 3-4 feet. Carp and gar are spawning in shallow water. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie fishing on Lake Fork is getting really hot. Seeing great numbers and lots of big fish each day. The fish are making huge moves shallow this week and will for the next month. Areas in 2-13 feet are finally beginning to see more fish that are spawning. The 14-32 feet staging areas are also still loaded with fish and reloading daily now. Seeing lots of fish roaming in open water but the best luck is still coming on fish on timber or brush. Small hand tied jigs in chartreuse or orange are getting crushed right now, and you can still catch fish well on soft plastics and minnows. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins’ Guide Service. The crappie are biting in the main creek channels about halfway back in the creek. With the cooler weather most of the crappie are laying on the bottom. Once the sun comes out fish suspend up in the water column around 15 feet. Success with Snacky lures FS200 matched with the eye hole jig or crappie

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