Lake drawdown set for September

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  • The D’Arbonne Lake Commission held it’s most recent meeting outside in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. Gazette photo by BYRON AVERY
    The D’Arbonne Lake Commission held it’s most recent meeting outside in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. Gazette photo by BYRON AVERY
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Members of the D’Arbonne Lake Commission met recently, holding their regularly scheduled May meeting outside.

Attending that meeting was Ryan Daniel with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Daniel announced that the tentative dates for the lake draw down are September 8 – November 15. The dates can be extended if circumstances warrant it.

“We encourage everyone to be prepared in advance to get your work done on docks, piers and seawalls,” Commission member Richard Royal said.

The lake will be drawn down to 75 feet, which is five feet below pool stage.

Daniel also reported that the lake fisheries are doing very well. The lake is maturing, but not seeing the typical drop off in fish population.

“The lake is still experiencing a growing bass population,” Daniel said. The quantities of fish are strong and the amount of trophy fish continues to be good.

LDWF stocks the lake with Florida bass. Daniel said the program is working well. He reported that 24 percent of the bass checked during sampling had the Florida bass DNA.

Vegetation was also a topic. Daniel said that anyone experiencing issues with out-of-control vegetation can call the LDWF and someone can come out and check the issue. The vegetation needs to affect multiple properties, not just inconvenience one land owner. The number to call is 800.256.2749 or visit the website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov.