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Aug 29, 2013 4:18 AM by AP/CS

Drawdown set for Chicot Lake

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State wildlife and fisheries officials have scheduled a drawdown for Chicot Lake, just north of Ville Platte, to help control nuisance aquatic vegetation.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the drawdown will begin Tuesday.

During the drawdown, the lake's water level will be lowered 3 feet from pool stage. Water fluctuations are proven to yield significant beneficial effects for fisheries and aquatic vegetation control, particularly on Chicot Lake.

The drawdown, announced Wednesday, is part of an integrated lake management plan that uses several different methods to control overabundant nuisance vegetation.

Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, the department urges caution for boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.


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