The LFSA A Brief History
The Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association (LFSA) was formed to provide an organized front to counter the call for the slot limit removal. LFSA met with TPWD staff to discuss the merits of the slot regulation. The debate centered on what the impact would be to slot fish during the weigh-in process. There were no scientific data available to settle this issue. A summertime angling mortality study was conducted which indicated higher mortality rates than expected. Armed with the scientific data, TPWD had the needed information to withstand the political pressure and retain the slot limit, thereby preserving the quality of the fishery. The LFSA now had the support to move onto other projects to positively influence the
The Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association’s most visible presence on the lake is a 24-foot Live-Release Boat (LRB). Purchased in 2000, the LRB is equipped with three 100-gallon aerated tanks. The water is medicated to help reduce stress on the fish during the release process. Survival using the LRB has been estimated at 99%. The LRB is provided to tournaments at no charge. LFSA members participate in training sessions, explaining the proper operation of the LRB. Experienced members explain the aeration system and monitoring equipment, along with proper fizzing techniques. This training markedly improves tournament handling survival.
In 2010, through the support of the Sabine River Authority, a fund was established to provide the financial resources necessary to spray water hyacinths. The water hyacinth problem had been building for the past several years. Mild winters permitted the plants to remain active, resulting in dense hyacinth stands. The
TPWD and the LFSA have partnered on habitat restoration projects. In 2011 we jointly planted 1,000 button bush seedlings in various undeveloped areas around the lake. The objective of the project is to improve cover for bass fingerlings. Because of the severe drought, survival of these seedlings was compromised. TPWD found a supplier who could provide mature, potted button bush plants. TPWD again approached the LFSA and asked that we partner in another planting. LFSA members approved the purchase of 400 of these plants and planting took place in November, 2011. Since planting, several trips to observe these plants show that most are thriving. Plans are being formulated to continue the habitat restoration project with additional plantings in known spawning areas.
The Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association has grown to be an influential and respected service organization throughout the
The LFSA was born out of adversity, but survives today as an organization of dedicated sportsmen whose goal is to promote this great fishery, and stand ready to protect it if the need arises. The Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association and