MDC looking for feedback from anglers

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Missouri Department of Conservation is looking for feedback from anglers who use Table Rock Lake.

"Angler input is an essential element of the Table Rock National Fish Habitat Initiative (NFHI), a multi-year study currently underway that's designed to maintain and improve fish habitat at this well-known Ozarks reservoir," said Francis Skalicky, of the Missouri Department of Conservation Southwest Regional Office in Springfield. "Table Rock anglers who complete an on-line survey will provide valuable information that will be used to formulate management strategies for the lake."

NFHI works to protect and maintain intact and healthy aquatic systems, prevent further degradation of fish habitats that have been adversely affected, reverse declines in the quantity and quality of aquatic habitats to improve the overall health of fish and other aquatic organisms and increase the quality and quantity of fish habitats that support a broad natural diversity of fish and other aquatic species.

The survey, which is available on-line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VLYYGM6, asks about the top three types of fish anglers are hoping to reel in, the number of days they fished Table Rock Lake in the last year and if they are aware that the Missouri Department of Conservation has been placing fish habitat structures in the lake since 2007.

The survey also asks anglers if they fish the habitat structures, how effective they believe these structures are, how they would prefer to locate the structures and if the structures have impacted fishing success. At the end of the survey, anglers have the opportunity to give additional feedback.

The NFHI project is a joint effort of the Missouri Department of Conservation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Bass Pro Shops and other organizations.

For more information on the project or the survey, call the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery in Branson at 417-334-4859 or the Missouri Department of Conservation's Southwest Regional Office in Springfield at 417-895-6880.

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