Beaver Lake in Anderson County to be lowered this fall to improve fishing; public hearing set

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The Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources plans to lower Anderson County’s Beaver Lake in late fall as part of an effort to improve panfish and largemouth bass fishing in the 158-acre lake.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will hold a meeting to outline the project and take questions from the public at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26. The meeting will be held at the Anderson County Cooperative Extension office, 1026 County Park Road, Lawrenceburg.

Providing quality bluegill and redear sunfish for anglers is the department’s main management goal for Beaver Lake (Photo Provided)

“We plan to draw the lake down 8 feet beginning in late October,” said David Baker, Central Fisheries District biologist for the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “Our intention is to put the bluegill and bass in Beaver Lake in closer association with one another, which benefits both species. Largemouth bass will feed on the small bluegill and improve growth rates and overall quality of the panfish in the lake.”

Providing quality bluegill and redear sunfish for anglers is the department’s main management goal for Beaver Lake.

“The drawdown will not only help panfish populations, but will also improve the body condition of the largemouth bass going into winter,” Baker said.

The Fisheries Division also plans a large-scale fish habitat project, similar to the successful habitat work conducted last year on Elmer Davis Lake in Owen County.

“During the drawdown, we plan to install stake beds, pallet structures and anchor Christmas trees to the bottom,” Baker said. “This will make for some excellent fishing spots when the lake refills next spring.”

The drawdown will render the boat ramp and courtesy dock in the upper section of Beaver Lake unusable this fall and winter.

“We want to do the drawdown later in the year to allow fishing throughout the fall,” Baker said. “The lake should fill back up by early spring.”

From Fish and Wildlife Department

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