Department of Fish and Wildlife
Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources News: Lake Mauzy in Union County being lowered to improve bluegill populations

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 19, 2015  
Contact Information:  1-800-858-1549  

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.

Currently, 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.

The draw down will take the lake down 4 feet. It will take approximately a month to reach that level.

Drawing 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.

The 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.