Fisheries division lowering Anderson County’s Beaver Lake

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By Department of Fish and Wildlife

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 Rd., Lawrenceburg.

“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.