Hydrilla Sprayed on the Kissimmee Chain

Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 9:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 9:42 p.m.

Airboat crews have been on the Kissimmee Chain spraying herbicide to kill hydrilla this week.

The primary effort is on Lake Toho, where 3,015 acres are targeted. Spraying was slated for Tuesday until today, and again Nov. 27-29, Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 18-19.

Limited areas on Hatchineha and Cypress were sprayed Tuesday and Wednesday, including 385 acres on Cypress and 301 acres on Hatchineha.

Spray treatments are planned for Lake Kissimmee over 867 acres Dec. 4-6.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Invasive Plant Management Section is overseeing the treatments with Aquathol K.

Fishermen have reported that 50 percent of Lake Toho has hydrilla on or near the surface.

Lake Jackson is also being sprayed Dec. 4-6 (500 acres).

The spraying this week is being done with opening day for duck season on Saturday. Hunters will be affected if spraying is done in areas where they plan to set up.

The FWC did not outline the specific areas it will spray.

For information, call Ed Harris at 407-858-6170.


Fishing for Hope Food Drive Saturday in Tampa

Capt. Bill Miller and fellow captains and anglers will be at the Fishing for Hope Food Drive on Saturday in Tampa.

Metropolitan Ministries plans to distribute 536,067 meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Food donations can be made from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a new white holiday tent visible from the Interstate. It's located at 400 West Palm Ave. just north of I-275 and east of the Hillsborough River.

Miller said they are trying to load Capt. Mike Anderson's Yellowfin boat with more than 10,000 pounds of food.

Frozen turkeys, jars of peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, stuffing, cereal and cake mix are requested.


Duck Season Saturday

The first phase of duck season opens Saturday and ends on Nov. 25, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The second phase is Dec. 8 to Jan. 27.

The second phase of dove season is open and continues through Nov. 25. The third phase is Dec. 8 to Jan. 6.


Fly Fishing Class Saturday

Fly Fishing 101 classes for beginners will be held at the Andy Thornal Company in Winter Haven on Saturday and again on Jan. 26.

The free class is a national program by Orvis adapted to fly fishing in Florida by Thornal.

Topics for the introductory classes, for ages 10 and up, include fly casting, knots and flies. Equipment is provided.

Pre-registration is required by calling 863-299-9999 or online at http://blog.andythornal.com/fly-fishing-101-information-and-registration.

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