Aug. 21, 2012 – The water control structure on Chicot Lake near Ville Platte, La., will be opened soon after Labor Day to allow for a lake drawdown. The action is part of an integrated management plan developed to control submerged vegetation.
In addition to the drawdown, the Department will continue herbicide applications, and triploid (sterile) grass carp will be introduced this winter.
Drawdowns on Chicot Lake will be conducted annually to mimic natural water fluctuation. The target level for this year’s drawdown is two feet below pool stage. Future drawdowns will be three foot below pool stage.
The lake will not be closed to fishing during the drawdown, but caution is advised of boaters during the low water period as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.
For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Jody David, LDWF Biologist Manager, at (337) 948-0255 or at email@example.com .
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