BROADDUS, TX (KTRE) - One of the largest lakes in East Texas is Sam Rayburn Reservoir. It attracts boaters and anglers from all over. Efforts are underway now to prevent the invasive water weed, Giant Salvinia from taking over the popular recreational spot.
The Southeast Texas Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) www.texas-bass.com organized an ambitious effort to control the weed. For the Giant Salvinia Roundup horsepower is needed to get you across the lake, into the brushy coves, where the noxious weed grows. "It takes out all the oxygen in the water. It completely covers over the water," Terry Sympson, Jackson Hill marina manager described. "The plant will get wind blown and then it will get anchored in among these weeds. Once it starts growing it can double in size in just a couple of days," Leslie McGaha, a B.A.S.S. volunteer added.
Users of Sam Rayburn Reservoir want to get a good handle on the Giant Salvinia. The process can be pretty slow because often times it must be pulled out by hand. Weed wranglers aren't finding much during the one day event. A good problem to have considering the weed is prolific this time of year. "It's in about 14 freshwater lakes now in Texas, mainly in East Texas," said Sympson. "Our biggest issues is Toledo Bend now has about 5,000 acres of it."
Toledo Bend is just a thirty minute drive for anglers from Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Sometimes they fish both lakes in one day. The law abiding ones check their trailers for salvinia hitchhikers before launching. "Anywhere there is a crack it will wedge itself in," Dennis Bacon, a Colmesneil angler said while checking around his boat. "If it's really bad, all I can do is go to a car wash and spray it out."