FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2017) — The Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is lowering Beaver Lake in Anderson County as part of an intensive project to improve fish populations through habitat work.
"We will draw Beaver Lake down 8 feet for a large scale fish habitat project, similar to what we did last year on Elmer Davis Lake in Owen County,” said David Baker, Central Fisheries District biologist for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.
The work will include placement of pallet stacks, brush piles, PVC habitat structures and stake beds in Beaver Lake to provide habitat for fish.
The drawdown started in early November. The lake is currently 3 feet lower than its normal pool. “The boat ramp and fishing pier in the upper lake are not usable now,” Baker said. “We don’t want people traveling out there and not be able to launch their boats or use the fishing pier.”
Fisheries staff recently planted winter rye on the newly exposed mud flats. “This will release nutrients back into the lake after it returns to normal level and the rye decomposes,” Baker said.
The drawdown will bring largemouth bass in closer proximity to bluegill and redear sunfish, improving the fishing for all three species.
“By crowding them together a bit, the largemouth bass will eat more of the sunfish, improving the quality of their populations by reducing overcrowding,” Baker said. “The largemouth bass will also improve their body condition with this extra food source.”
The drawdown, the first on the lake since 1998, will last throughout the winter. “We will start refilling the lake in March,” Baker said. “We hope to get it finished by April. We want the lake back full for fishing season next spring.”