Saturday, March 13, 2010

Public Meetings Scheduled Regarding Lake Chatuge Sport Fishery

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (GAWRD) and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) will hold two public meetings in March to discuss the Lake Chatuge sport fishery.  Fisheries biologists from both agencies will provide management updates and will also give the public an opportunity to comment on proposed hybrid striped bass stocking in Lake Chatuge.  Those interested are encouraged to bring these meetings to the attention of others that also may be interested in participating.

Lake Chatuge is located in north Georgia and the fishery is managed cooperatively by GAWRD and NCWRC.  Lake Chatuge was stocked with hybrid bass from 1981 to 1996.  In 1995, the state and former world record hybrid striped bass (25 lbs. 8 oz.) was caught in Lake Chatuge.  GAWRD and NCWRC are proposing to re-establish the hybrid striped bass recreational fishery by stocking in spring 2010.  Stocking rates and hybrid striped bass population growth will be evaluated annually.

The meetings will take place on the following dates and at the following locations:
March 22, 2010 at 7 p.m. at Moss Memorial Library in Hayesville, North Carolina
March 23, 2010 at 7 p.m. at Hiawassee Court House Grand Jury Room in Hiawassee, GA

Public comment is welcome.  Statements should be concise to allow all interested attendees an opportunity to speak.  Those unable to attend a meeting are welcome to submit written comments by March 26, 2010 to:
Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
Attn: Nick Jamison
2150 Dawsonville Hwy.
Gainesville, Georgia 30501

These meeting sites are accessible to people with physical disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Nick Jamison at the above address or at (770) 535-5498 no later than March 12, 2010.

For more information on these scheduled public meetings, call (770) 535-5498.

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