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Theconservationdirectorsweredis-cussingoneoxcthegreatestproblemsxcac-ingmanyU.S.reservoirstheinabilityoxcaquaticplantstothriveandsupportaselxc-sustainingwarm-waterfshcommunity.Asaresulthugefshhatcheriesandex-pensivegovernmentstockingprogramsxcoravarietyoxcwarm-waterfshareinplacetoensurethesereservoirshaveadequatefsheries.IrecallthinkinghowblessedweareonLakeSimcoewithourrichaquat-icplantlixceandalltheingredientsxcorahealthyandselxc-sustainingpopulationoxclargemouthandsmallmouthbassperchpikecatfshsunfshcrappieandotherwarm-waterspecies.Naturalreproductionsupportsthemostintensivelyfshedin-landlakeinOntariox14ataxcractionoxcthemillionsoxcdollarsthatmanyU.S.statesspendtomaintaintheirfsheries.Weedsaretheprexcerredxcormoxcshelterxcorwarm-waterspecieswithintheirunder-waterworld.Aquaticplantsareaharbouroxclixcexcormicro-organismscrustaceansandthemillionsoxcxcoragefshthatadultfsheat.Theseplantsarealsoanintegralpartoxcnurseryhabitatinnear-shoreareasre-quiredxcoryoungfshtoourish.InLakeSimcoetheflteringexcxcectsoxczebramusselshaveresultedinincreasedwaterclaritywhichallowsxcormorelightpenetrationthuspromotingacceleratedplantgrowth.Manyanglershavebeenthrilledtofndweedbedswherenonepre-viouslyexisted.Theseholdxcavouritena-tivewarm-waterspeciessuchasbasspikeandperchaccordingtoJPDeRoseanavidLakeSimcoeanglerandthehostoxctheWorldFishingNetworkx19sGettingSchoolx19d.x1cQuitesimplythediverseandsome-timesprolifcweedgrowthinLakeSimcoeisresponsiblexcorourdiverseandprolifcwarm-waterfsheryx1dDeRosesays.x1cUn-derwaterxcorestsinwatersrangingxcromoneto20xceetprovidefshwithshadeambushpointsandsecurityxcromlargerpredators.Evenpeoplewhodonx19tfshknowthatixcyouputonamaskandsnor-keloveraweedbedyouareamidstaliv-ingthingx14avibrantandhealthycom-munitywithplanktonxcreshwatershrimpminnowspanfshandgamefsh.AllarevitaltoSimcoex19smagnifcentfshery.x1dDeRosesaysLakeSimcoeattractsanglersxcromalloverNorthAmericax14butespe-ciallythosewholiketofshxcoryellowperchandsmallmouthbass.x1cBothgrowexception-allylargex14thanksinnosmallparttotheroleweedsplayintheirlivesx1dDeRosesays.x1cVisitingandlocalanglerscanexpecttocatchthebiggestperchandsmallmouthoxctheirlives.WhenyouaddgreatlaketroutandwhitefshactionLakeSimcoebecomesoneoxcthebestfsheriesontheplanet.x1dWiththisinmindyoumaybelexctscratchingyourheadaboutallthenegativereportsabouttheweedsinLakeSimcoe.Soletx19slookatthesubjectoxcweedgrowth.WeedsconsumeoxygenCold-waterfshsuchaslaketroutwhite-fshandciscolakeherringdonothavethesamedependenceonaquaticplantsastheirwarm-watercousins.Inxcactcold-waterfshneedmoreoxygenthanwarm-waterfshandwhenweedsdietheweedsconsumeoxygen.Alackoxcsuxcfcientoxygeninthedeeperpartoxcthelakewherecold-waterfshresidewasoneoxcthexcactorsresponsiblexcorthexcailureoxcSimcoex19scold-waterfshtoreproducenaturally.SoxcormorethantwodecadestheOntarioMin-istryoxcNaturalResourcesMNRstockedthelakeeveryyearwith140000to150000whitefshand100000laketrout.Recentreductionsinphosphorusinputwhichacceleratesweedgrowthcom-binedwithotherxcactorshasledtoin-creasedoxygenlevels.FromLakeSimcoeanditsWatershedtheOctober2008reporttotheOntarioministeroxctheenvironmentpreparedbytheLakeSimcoeScienceAd-visoryCommitteewelearnthatx1clatesum-merdissolvedoxygenlevelsarenolongerdirectlylethaltoyounglaketroutandcon-tinuedimprovementsshouldresultxcromcontrollingphosphorusloading.x1dBothanglersandstaxcxcxcromtheMNRnowreportevidenceoxcnaturalreproductionwithinthecold-waterfshcommunity.TherehavebeensomanymorewildlaketroutinthesystemthattheMNRhascutthenum-beroxclaketroutstockedto50000annu-ally.Evenciscothoughtbysomepeopletobeonthebrinkoxcextinctioninthelakenowareshowingaresurgence.photographwilwegmanx8Lakex8Simcoex8Livingx8x8Autumnx82010x8x8x811Lx11kxffroxbthookedonfishingeedsaretobasswhattreesaretodeerx1dRayScottxcounderoxctheBassAnglersSportsmanSocietyx14theworldx19slargestfshingorganizationx14madethatcommentinAlabamawhileaddressingconservationdirectorsxcromanumberoxcU.S.statesandmeconservationdirectorxcortheOntarioBassFederationNation.Althoughthatwasmorethan10yearsagothosewordssumuptheimportanceoxcaquaticplantsx14notjusttobassbuttotheentirewarm-waterfshcommunity.WeedscaughtwithasmallmouthbassAquaticplantsThelix6ebloodox6LakeSimcoex19swarm-waterfshcommunityByWiLWegmanx1cW