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Carp removal at Pelican Lake

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 09:00am
DWR biologists want your help restoring the bluegill populations at Pelican Lake! On May 15, 2014, (weather pending; see below) we plan to remove carp from the lake using shocking boats, nets and traps. We're hoping that anglers and bow hunters will bring their boats and equipment to assist in this effort.

And it doesn't have to stop with the 15th: anglers and hunters should continue to remove carp throughout the year. This will help restore bluegill populations!

In 2009 and 2010, changes in management upstream flushed a heavy load of carp into Pelican Lake. The carp love their new home, unfortunately, and their feeding habits and breeding potential are strangling the productivity of the lake.

Carp compete directly with bluegill and small bass for food. They are notorious for rooting up vegetation when looking for macroinvertebrates and insects found in and around the plants. These food sources are extremely important for young bluegill.

In addition, carp will consume large zooplankters (small, free-swimming/floating animals), which are important for adequate growth in larger bluegill.

Their rooting also stirs up the mud, cutting down on visibility and the distance sunlight can penetrate into the water.

The removal project on May 15 is highly dependent on the weather. Biologists have identified a short window prior to the spawn when carp are vulnerable to nets, shocking and archery fishing. As the waters warm, carp move into the shallows to spawn. A few warm days will heat the water enough so they will move in—cold days reverse the process.

It takes about three days of warm weather to bring the fish in. The event will happen if we get two or more days with 60 plus degree weather immediately prior to the event, and a prediction of 65 plus weather with no rain or snow and winds less than 10 miles an hour for the morning of the 15th.

If you choose to participate, you will be considered a Division volunteer for the day, and you'll need to sign in. The staging area will be at the main BLM boat ramp on the south-west corner of the lake. Activities start at 9:00 a.m. with a short introduction and general instructions.
Location : Pelican Lake

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