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    Default Rez habitat day

    I posted this on Facebook and wanted to put it here as well for those who donít have a profile.

    Who would be interested in helping either organizing and/or participating in a habitat day for the Rez? Building and placing cover throughout the lake and such. This idea is in its infancy here, I am not even sure of the necessary points of contact/permits/rules regarding such an event but I have been kicking around the idea of organizing one for our ole watering hole and wanted to see what kind of interest it would drum up. We have all seen these activities take place on the other impoundments across the south but I have never seen one here. I recently read a report on the lake which graded its over health pertaining to available habitat and it was fairly eye opening as to the deterioration of the standing timber, overall silting in of old channels and creek runs, and things of that nature. I have only been fishing the lake for seven or so years and I have been amazed at the amount of timber that is no longer standing. I know I have taken my fair share out and other than a few christmas trees, I havenít put very much back.


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    Iím interested. Can you put a link to the Rez rules here?


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    Pearl River Valley Water Supply District
    Fish Attractor/Structure Policy

    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks state regulations regarding fishing attractors or structures:

    1. It shall be unlawful to place structures such as plastic or metal barrels, plastic or metal pipes and tubing larger than 4 inches in diameter, hot water tanks, concrete pipe and tires and any other non-biodegradable material into the public waters of the state for use as fish attractors.
    2. However, wooden materials and plastic tubing and pipe materials may be used as fish attractors provided that the plastic materials are no larger than 4 inches in diameter. Concrete, rope, wire and nails may be used to construct fish attractors. It is legal to place such fish attractor materials into the public waters of the state provided written permission to do so is obtained from the federal or state agency that owns the specific water body.
    3. The person placing fish attractor materials into the public waters of the state must have in their possession a copy of the written permission at all times when transporting and placing such material.

    In addition, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District will require the following for permit holders placing such structures in the waters of Barnett Reservoir:

    1. No metal frames can be used in the construction of fish attractor structures to be placed in Barnett Reservoir.
    2. A photograph of the structure(s) must be submitted with the permit application before it will be approved.
    3. The permit application must include the approximate GPS coordinates for the location(s) where structure(s) will be placed. Exact GPS coordinates must be submitted after placement. This information is for safety purposes only, to be used only by the Barnett Reservoir Police during emergencies. It will not be for public information.
    4. No structures shall be placed inside any marked navigational channel, within 500 yards of any boat ramp or harbor, or within 100 yards of a residence or subdivision.
    5. No structures shall be placed in the main lake below a line from the point at Roseís Bluff in Madison County to the point at Windward Bluff in Rankin County.
    6. No structures shall be placed within 3.5 feet of the surface at lake level 297.5. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to ascertain the level at the time of placement to insure compliance to this regulation.
    7. Each permit is valid for up to five structures placed within a 100-yard radius; however, GPS Coordinates must be supplied for each structure.


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    This is what I received from one of the PRVWSD liaisons. I was instructed that these incorporate the MDWFP rules into them and are specific to Barnett. I honestly never knew that we were supposed to photograph and send them the gps coordinates for any structure placed in the lake.

    Iím a looking to do this sometime in mid fall after the temps have subsided a little.


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    I would be interested in helping. We are so blessed to have this area for fishing and recreation and we need to help take care of it. Would rather wait for cooler temps though.


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    Oh, no doubt, Rusty! Haha. Iím thinking it will be mid October before we drop the first price of cover by the time I meet with PRV and MDWFP plus a few weekends to build and such.


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    I can help with construction and taking them out on the lake...

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    Can also get a second GPS location, just in case you lose the first one...

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    Versions of this type, with less "branches" turned up, can be made for about $35 each... Four inch PVC trunk, 3/4 PEX branches, five gallon bucket base with two inch PVC cross pieces, filled with concrete. Meets every requirement and doesn't take a lot of labor to build... Lasts a very very long time! Pretty sure we won't have the sign!
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    If you use old hoses, you can get by cheaper...

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