Department of Fish and Wildlife
Shad eradication planned next week for Carpenter Lake in Daviess County

Press Release Date:  Monday, February 09, 2015  
Contact Information:  Dave Baker 1-800-858-1549, ext. 4454  

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Shad eradication efforts will take place during the week of Feb. 16-20 at Carpenter Lake in Daviess County.

Fisheries biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will spray the lake with a chemical designed to eliminate gizzard shad. The chemical is not harmful to humans, wildlife or pets.

The department is taking this action because shad, which were introduced from an unknown source, are affecting the growth of bluegill and redear sunfish in the lakes. Shad are prohibited from being used as bait in these lakes because of their potential to harm the panfish fishery.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife manages Carpenter Lake for fishing. Gizzard shad removal will help begin the restoration of the panfish fishery that was once popular at this lake.

The eradication will have minimal impact to bass, catfish and panfish. The department has performed similar shad removal projects over the past 20 years at several small impoundments, including Beaver, Elmer Davis, McNeely, Corinth, Waymond Morris and Panther Creek Park lakes.