Department of Fish and Wildlife
Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources News: Lake Mauzy in Union County being lowered to improve bluegill populations
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky
Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is lowering Union County’s Lake Mauzy
as part of an effort to improve fishing in the 82-acre impoundment. Employees
of the department’s Fisheries Division will follow the draw down with a shad
eradication effort in mid-December.
Lake Mauzy has an overabundance of bluegill and shad. This has stunted the
growth of sport fish due to the competition for food. Eliminating shad from the
lake and thinning the bluegill population will help restore the lake’s balance.
draw down will take the lake down 4 feet. It will take approximately a month to
reach that level.
the lake down will reduce the amount of chemical necessary to remove the shad.
It will also dry out some of the shallow areas, making the chemical treatment more
efficient. Removing the shad population will increase predation on the bluegill
and improve the size structure of the bluegill population.
lake will remain down throughout the winter to reduce the amount of vegetation
in the shallow areas and along the shoreline. This will increase bank fishing
opportunities. Spring rains will bring Lake Mauzy back to its normal level.