Department of Fish and Wildlife
Dewey Lake receives stocking of muskellunge
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Muskellunge
have returned to Dewey Lake in Floyd County.
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources this week stocked 500
muskies measuring 13 inches apiece in the lake. While the lake is not slated to
receive annual stockings of this species, department personnel will add
muskellunge when excess fish are available from state hatcheries.
Lake was once home to the state record tiger muskie, a hybrid cross between
muskellunge and the northern pike. The fish that went into the lake this week are
pure muskies. The lake is within the native range of muskies in the state.
Dewey Lake is covered by statewide regulations for muskies: an angler may keep
only one fish over 30 inches. Fisheries biologists will consider recommending a
minimum size limit of 36 inches, the same as Buckhorn, Cave Run and Green River
anticipate good growth rates for muskellunge, as the lake has a good amount of
forage fish to feed upon. Fish stocked this week should reach 30 inches by
2017, and 36 inches around 2019.