Department of Fish and Wildlife
Cedar Creek Lake will be lowered in early November to improve sunfish, bass populations
Ky. – Fisheries division workers will draw down Lincoln
County’s Cedar Creek Lake 5 to 7 feet in early November to improve fishing in
the 784-acre lake.
want to knock back some of the vegetation and get the sunfish out of the cover
and into the mouths of bass,” said John Williams, Southeastern Fisheries
District biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
“Bluegill away from cover are easier prey for the bass.”
drawdown will help bluegill populations in Cedar Creek Lake by thinning their
ranks through predation; this will reduce competition among the remaining
bluegill for food, allowing them to grow bigger.
use the thick vegetation around the lake to hide from predators. Forcing
bluegill into the open will help bass populations as well. “Eating the lake’s
small bluegill will help the body condition of the largemouth bass in Cedar
Creek Lake,” Williams said.
vegetation in the shallows also will improve bank fishing opportunities. “When
these plants die, the nutrients in them will be released back into the water
when normal lake levels return next spring,” he said.
last drawdown of Cedar Creek Lake occurred in 2007. At that time, many visitors
noticed a rotten egg smell stemming from the release of hydrogen sulfide from
the lake’s bottom. That can be avoided by waiting for colder weather in
ramps will be usable during the drawdown.