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Wiskers
05-12-2007, 10:56 AM
Who would have ever thought that there would be Alligators in the Tn. River. I just caught the boat last Tuesday and the Captain on the other crew was tell'n us about a Alligator that he and 2 of the deckcrew saw just below the Interstate 65 bridge in Decatur Al. a couple of weeks ago in broad daylight. He said it looked to be about 7' to 8' long and they got to watch it for some time as it swam beside the boat about 30 yards away! This ol'boy's a pretty straight shooter and both the deckhands swore they saw it too! :eek: So you guys that fish those parts watch out! The crappie might not be the only thing bite'n! :eek:

bama647
05-12-2007, 01:08 PM
yea thats limestone creek area there several up in that area and also in flint creek nearby, i saw one that was every bit of 12 ft a few weeks ago.

toothpick
05-13-2007, 04:58 PM
You can thank TVA for that one. A few years ago, they were having trouble with beavers. So, they introduced some gators into the area to git rid of the beavers. Guess what? Now they have a gator problem! Duh!

bass
05-13-2007, 06:40 PM
So I Was On The Arkansa River And My Road Toook Of And I Saw What I Had And It was A Gator:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

wbl2014
05-13-2007, 07:05 PM
Did you all hear about the the gater in wats bar lake, A game warden had to shoot it. We live with with them all the time hear in Florida, heck we just cut the tail and eat it.

fiddlefarter
05-13-2007, 10:38 PM
Never figured why they make a big deal about them and want to kill them. It wouldn't bother me if they lived here.

superdave1984
05-14-2007, 07:05 AM
You can thank TVA for that one. A few years ago, they were having trouble with beavers. So, they introduced some gators into the area to git rid of the beavers. Guess what? Now they have a gator problem! Duh!

Didn't they do this same thing in Northeast Arkansas many years ago? I seem to remember my dad telling me that they had a beaver problem on Big Lake or Mallard Lake and brought in gators. Then like you said, before long they had a gator problem.

Bullsprig
05-14-2007, 09:28 PM
Been here 60 years and although there have been a very few gators we have never had any problems.

"Didn't they do this same thing in Northeast Arkansas many years ago? I seem to remember my dad telling me that they had a beaver problem on Big Lake or Mallard Lake and brought in gators. Then like you said, before long they had a gator problem."

DRPEPPER
05-15-2007, 11:24 AM
I am no gator expert, however I was raised in south east Texas. So, I was accustomed to seeing them there or in south Louisiana. I had no idea how far north you could find them. The biggest one I have ever seen in the wild was while I was fishing just out from the Arkansas post off of the canal between the White and Arkansas rivers. He seamed to be every bit as long as the 16' boat we were in. Now there is confirmation of at least one in the Little Maumelle that feeds into the Arkansas river just north of Little Rock. I wonder how far north they do go??
DP

NIMROD
05-15-2007, 11:45 AM
We have a few in the Yell Co area. I've heard about one on Nimrod but never saw it. They are in Holla Bend Refudge north of us. Was told by rhe area manager of ones in Petit Jean State Wildlife Management Area. The lake (Kingfisher) by his house suppose to have ones that are big and reproducing. A commerical fisherman caught one several years ago in a hoop net in Petit Jean River.
I saw one in the Arkansas Post area while bass fishing years ago. Arkansas has enough in places that a limited hunt is being proposed by Game and Fish.:cool:

grundan
05-15-2007, 03:48 PM
they are definitely there. I think they originally put them on wheeler refuge.
several years ago a wildlife officer caught several small hatchlings and had them on display at the visitor center @ wheeler. they kept them there a few weeks and turned em loose again. they could be anywhere in the river system now i guess. i have heard of 1 small gator being caught up near langston @ chisenall springs area about 10 yrs ago. they been here a while but you rarely hear of any problems with them

jhef
05-15-2007, 06:14 PM
i wish people would leave our gators alone, if you see one its a blessing, its rare to see them, they dont bother anyone here around decatur, they been here for years, as long as people respect them and dont feed them, they want be a problem, but just wait some dumb azz will try to feed one and get bit , then you got all these rednecks out trying to kill them, a few years back a gator was found floating were someone shot and killed it,, im as big of a hick as the rest of my bama brothers, but theres some that just want a reason to go shoot something...

Treefish
05-15-2007, 06:28 PM
A 4 footer was found on the boat ramp at Grand Lake in Celina, Ohio. It was all wrapped in fishing line and halfway out of the water. Had to be a staged event..... ain't no gators in Ohio!!!

bama647
05-15-2007, 07:10 PM
hey jhef, i agree totally now i know where to look i see them all the time but not once has one bothered me. its great to see mother nature out there in the wild like that and as long as people arent harrassing them there will never be a problem. heck theyve been here since 1978 and how many probs have we had?

Cane Pole
05-15-2007, 09:33 PM
hey jhef, i agree totally now i know where to look i see them all the time but not once has one bothered me. its great to see mother nature out there in the wild like that and as long as people arent harrassing them there will never be a problem. heck theyve been here since 1978 and how many probs have we had?


They had Gator infestation at Redstone Arsenal in the early 80's. Had to call in the experts to thin them out. You might remember this. I was living in Arab then.

blankace
05-15-2007, 09:43 PM
Noticed where gators are listed as a game animal
now! Good luck

Cane Pole
05-15-2007, 09:49 PM
this prob Horseshoers next big adventure.

labill
05-15-2007, 10:09 PM
Gators are common in most of the lakes here in Louisiana, and we see them almost every day while fishing. My last trip to a swampy LA lake named Wallace Lake I counted 6 gators while fishing. There were 2 full grown adults ranging in the area of 12 to 13 feet in length, 3 young ones about 3 feet, and one baby from this years hatch. I've fished there since I was 12 years old and have never had a problem with them, but an old guy cautioned that I would be OK as long as I didn't get between the mama and the nest during the spring. Sounded like good advise to me, and we had a long talk about how to handle it if I did stumble between mama and the nest. They nested mostly in view from the water, but the nest was made of leaves, twigs and mud, and they are hard to see, especially if you're focused on where you're gonna cast next. Keep your eyes open and you'll be ok.

oldbilwaulke
02-17-2009, 10:26 PM
I visited this site a few times recently and decided to become a member of the forums. I was reading this and I am from the yell co area. I fish petit jean a lot and ive seen gators before. Seen one biggin in an oxbow! He didnt seem to care to much about us being there!

GRIZZ
02-18-2009, 04:37 AM
I saw gators all the time when I lived in FL around Daytona. There was a nature preserve I fished all the time that had a 14 footer that came out of the canals every afternoon and sunned itself in the middle of the road I needed to walk on to get to a good spot. That thing was HUGE. I got within about 50 feet of it once on the road before it ran off onto the water. Then it used to swim about 50 - 75 feet into the canal and just sat there floating in the water watching me fish. Trust me I kept one eye on him at all times. There were others there. A couple more over 10 feet and a bunch of 6-10's. It made fishing there real interesting besides the millions of migratory bird there as well. Fascinating place. I also caught the largest bass of my life there - 8 lbs.

jhef
02-18-2009, 09:05 PM
i wish people would leave our gators alone, if you see one its a blessing, its rare to see them, they dont bother anyone here around decatur, they been here for years, as long as people respect them and dont feed them, they want be a problem, but just wait some dumb azz will try to feed one and get bit , then you got all these rednecks out trying to kill them, a few years back a gator was found floating were someone shot and killed it,, im as big of a hick as the rest of my bama brothers, but theres some that just want a reason to go shoot something...

i just got back from my kid brothers place on merritt island off the banana river in florida, he lives on this canal that leads out to river, well we had the bright idea to go buy us some kayaks alot of manatees in the area, start paddling go around a bend and bam a 8 foot gator just laying there watching us, as we paddle past him, on other side of creek of course, he goes under the water, i dont mind seeing the gators from inside a boat but dang it , it made me real nervous out there paddling around in a 12 foot kayak just a few inches above the water, dont think ill be back out there in the kayak , and honestly i would have loved to had some of my bama brothere paddling beside me cause atleast a few of them would have been packing lol

Micropterus salmoides
02-18-2009, 10:52 PM
an 8' gator is nothing to worry about.........especially in a boat
I've fished countless times with multiple gators in the 12-13' range less than 2-3' from my porta-boat. Had some tap my pirogue out of curiousity many times also,...but that was of my doing and dowright ignorance. They'll scat quicker than you can drop a paddle in the water.

GRIZZ
02-19-2009, 04:05 AM
an 8' gator is nothing to worry about.........especially in a boat
I've fished countless times with multiple gators in the 12-13' range less than 2-3' from my porta-boat. Had some tap my pirogue out of curiousity many times also,...but that was of my doing and dowright ignorance. They'll scat quicker than you can drop a paddle in the water.

Sounds like fun to me. :D