Monday, 12 09, 2013
Lee McClellan 1-800-858-1549, ext. 4443
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The fisheries division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is holding a public meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 19 to explain an upcoming habitat project on Cave Run Lake. The meeting is being held at the Morehead Conference Center, located at 111 East Main St. in Morehead.
“This is the largest habitat project we’ve attempted,” said Ron Brooks, director of fisheries for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “We will have mile-long stretches of sunken habitat in Cave Run Lake. It will take several years to complete.”
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will seek input from the public about finding suitable material to sink for use as fish habitat, such as root wads, wooden and plastic pallets, tree tops, stumps and wooden wire spools. Officials also want to discuss the need for volunteers to help assemble materials and place it in the lake.
Sunken habitat serves a vital role in providing places for young fish to hide from larger predators. The plant and microscopic life associated with the habitat boosts populations of forage fish that sport fish eat. This eventually leads to more and larger sport fish such as largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass, muskellunge and crappie.
Habitat will be placed in Scotts Creek and the Shallow Flats Bank Fishing Area, Stoney Cove and Adams Point, Ramey’s Creek, Warix Run, Buck Creek and Poppin Rock.
“We will be working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Forest Service and local fishing clubs in the completion of this project,” Brooks noted.