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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:44 am 
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We got a new boat and ready to head out but some of buoys we see are very diff from what we had up north. Is there any where a person can get a copy or list of what they all mean. I do not want to be out on the lake until i understand what they all mean. As i would like to be a boater that is friendly to all.

Plus will the lake patrol be putting buoys up around some of the stumps in the lake? So new folks will not hit them?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:20 pm 
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texanharley2005 wrote:
Plus will the lake patrol be putting buoys up around some of the stumps in the lake? So new folks will not hit them?


Welcome! Sandbars seem to move with almost every heavy rain. Stumps may not be quite as bad, but they come an go too.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:29 pm 
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Welcome to the site. Lake patrol does not mark hazards. I have always wanted to but someone told me a while back that it would be considered littering to tie jugs or such to stumps, etc. If and when the lake drops below full pool would be the time to scout the lake for hazards and keep them in your fishfinder memory or use the organic one we are all given at birth. Beware...there are a lot of boaters on LH that obviously do not have one of those inside of their skulls but they usually only show up on the weekends and holidays.
The buoys are usually there to either mark the channels or to serve for perimeters for no wake zones.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:59 pm 
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the inland water buoys on houston are white with red vertical strips . the ones with a diamond
in the middle are hazards here are the rest of the texas bouys https://tpwd.texas.gov/education/boater ... ys-markers


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:42 am 
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It depends on what kind of boat you have?

What i wound up doing was getting a fishfinder with GPS and a map feature then purchase a Navonics or lakemaster map with high def feature. That way I at least know where the channels are when running. Mine is a side scan as well so when looking for a route I put=put around looking for stumps and sand hums on the side scan. Once i found a route I take that one all the time.

There are shallows and stumps scattered all over the lake. Many you can see peeking just below the waves or a bird standing on it that is not going up and down with the waves.

If you stay in the river channels you are fairly safe but still keep your eyes peeled and take it easy the first few times through.

Hurricane Harvey caused major flooding and moved some of the sandbars, shallow spots and logs/rootballs around so even be wary of the lake maps until they update.

Don't let all of this scare you. Once you learn the pathways its not bad to get around. But I learned the hard way, even what looks like open water could have stumps and sandbars just below the surface.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:03 pm 
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In some areas the channels that are in any map are NO good.....
There are areas that use to be 12 to 16' that have been filed in & there are areas that were 2' that's now 20'....
Take y'alls time out there until you find safe routes.....

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:26 pm 
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well we have a pontoon boat and will be coming out from the lake shadows dock. we have a fish finder just too bad it is on the back of the boat.. maybe will get another one for the front.
thank you all for the infor and yes we will be taking it slow and easy .... the wife likes to fish for cat fish..so maybe next sat we will get out there...


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