TVA biologist Stan Stamey nets a stunned fish while electrofishing with fellow biologists and volunteers during an annual sport fish survey on the Chickamauga Reservoir in Harrison Bay. Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- A couple of fishermen hollered at John Justice, who stood across the dark green water at the edge of his own boat. They wanted one like his, one with orange poles jutting out the front, one that seemed to draw the fish right in as if Jesus himself were on board.
It was about 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Chickamauga Reservoir at Harrison Bay, and it was cold, and the two men still had not caught anything. Justice sympathized.
"I'm sure if the stars aligned you could catch a bunch of fish, but it's just tough," he hollered at the empty-handed men as he scooped his third and fourth bass into a fishing net. Within a half-hour, he would catch 73 fish.
Justice, a fisheries biologist with the Tennessee Valley Authority, came to the reservoir Tuesday to monitor the region's sport fish. He and other TVA biologists looked for spotted bass and smallmouth bass and largemouth bass and crappies. They wanted to see how many fish were in the reservoir, and whether those fish were healthy.
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:47 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:47:12 GMT
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