ky fish wildlife 300FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lake Mauzy, an 82-acre impoundment inside Higginson-Henry Wildlife Management Area in Union County, is being lowered to reduce the aquatic vegetation along its shallows and shoreline. The drawdown began November 29.

“We are lowering Lake Mauzy no more than 3 inches per day, so it should take about a month to get the lake down 4 feet,” said Jeremy Shiflet, Northwestern Fisheries District biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “Lake Mauzy has an overabundance of aquatic vegetation, impacting the ability of largemouth bass to feed. The vegetation makes the lake difficult to fish, especially from the shoreline.”

Lowering the lake kills the excess vegetation and allows oxidation of the bare shoreline, which will improve fishing in the future. Lower lake levels will remain throughout the winter to facilitate this process. Spring rains will raise the lake back to its normal level.

“Lake Mauzy will remain open to fishing through the drawdown,” Shiflet said. “The boat ramp is still usable at the lower lake level due to the gravel base at the end of the concrete ramp. The launching of most boats will not be affected by the drawdown.”

 

 

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