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Paddlefish released into Caddo Lake

Shreveport Times

Date: 5/24/2016 8:38:00 PM

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with other entities, recently released 27 paddlefish implanted with radio transmitters into Caddo Lake in an effort to help re-establish the threatened species into the Texas-Louisiana impoundment. Several hundred

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Lady Anglers Bass Tournament


Date: 5/22/2016 4:04:00 AM

The two day tournament out on Caddo Lake was originally scheduled for March but had to be moved after the flooding. An Alabama woman, Cassie Hall, of Alabaster took home the first place win with a total of 12.81 pounds. Alisa Johnson from Chandler

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Photo of monster turtle at ETX lake goes viral


Date: 5/20/2016 3:14:00 PM

It's an alligator snapping turtle recently caught on a trot line on Caddo Lake. Today at 5 p.m., KSLA News 12's Nicolette Schleisman brings you the story of the East Texas man shown holding the reptile that weighs in at more than 100 pounds. Such turtles

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Over 300 paddlefish released into Caddo Lake


Date: 5/19/2016 3:49:00 AM

Natives are being returned to their environment: paddlefish, that is. Hundreds of paddlefish have been reintroduced at Caddo Lake and also in Jefferson. This is the second release at Caddo Lake. They are rarely seen in Texas, but that is changing

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Paddlefish released in east Texas waters


Date: 5/18/2016 9:38:00 PM

JEFFERSON, Tx The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the help of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TWPD) and Collins Academy released over 2,500 paddlefish in Caddo Lake and the Big Cypress Basin Wednesday. Paddlefish released on Big Cypress 2 years

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• Surface Area: 26,800 Acres
Caddo Lake is a 25,400 acres lake and wetland located on the border between Texas and Louisiana, in northern Harrison County and southern Marion County in Texas and western Caddo Parish in Louisiana. The lake is named after the Southeastern culture of Native Americans called Caddoans or Caddo, who lived in the area until their expulsion in the 19th century. It is an internationally protected wetland under the RAMSAR treaty and features the largest Cypress forest in the world. Caddo is one of Texas' few non-oxbow natural lakes and is the 2nd largest in the South; however, it was artificially altered by the addition of a dam in the 1900s.
Industry came to Caddo Lake with the discovery of oil beneath it. The world's first over water oil platform was completed in Caddo Lake in 1911. The Ferry Lake No. 1 was erected by Gulf Refining Company. The well bottomed at 2,185 feet and produced 450 barrels per day.
Oil derricks sprang up throughout the lake, around the turn of the 20th century, further damaging the fragile ecosystem. The oil industry left Caddo for richer fields at Kilgore and other locations in Texas. Texas tried to preserve parts of Caddo in 1934 by establishing a State Park, constructed by the WPA. The establishment of the Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant on the shores of Caddo, in the mid 20th century, polluted large portions of the surrounding wetlands until its closure in the 1990s.
In 1993 Caddo Lake preservation entered a renaissance, with the announcement that 7,000 acres of Caddo purchased by the Nature Conservancy were to be merged with the 483 acre Texas Caddo Lake State Park to be become the Caddo Lake State Park and Wildlife Management Area. As a result of efforts by the Caddo Lake Institute, in October 1993 Caddo Lake became one of thirteen areas in the United States protected by the Ramsar Convention. As of 2003 Caddo Lake flora and fauna consisted of: 189 species of trees and shrubs, 75 grasses, 42 woody vines, 216 kinds of birds, 90 fish and reptiles, and 47 mammals. One of these species, Crataegus opaca or mayhaw fruit, is collected from the water to make a jelly that is considered one of the finest in the world. Forty-four of Caddo's native species were either endangered, threatened or rare. From 2001 until 2003 Caddo Lake residents fought a legal battle with the City of Marshall, Texas over water rights.
The lake is currently "under siege" by a fast-spreading, Velcro-like aquatic fern, Salvinia molesta, also known as Giant Salvinia. Accidentally introduced to the lake by boaters, the noxious weed doubles in size every two to four days, rapidly killing off life below the surface. Most of the growth of the plant is currently on the Louisiana side, where officials have been focused on recovering from damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
Efforts at removing the weed have included biological means via beetles that normally eat the weed but cannot survive the Texas cold and now include herbicide. The Texas Water Resource Institute's Caddo Lake Salvinia Eradication Project is evaluating multiple methods of eradication.
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