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Lake Chicot drawdown meeting planned

BY Randy Zellers

ON 01-09-2024

Lake Chicot Drawdown

This meeting has been cancelled due to inclement weather. A new meeting date will be posted once the current weather system has passed.

LAKE VILLAGE — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Lake Village Fire Station at 2017 Arkansas Hwy 65.

The last scheduled drawdown at Lake Chicot was coordinated by the AGFC and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2019. The lake’s fishery management plan recommends controlled drawdowns once every 5 years to improve the fishery and offer lakeside landowners a chance to repair boathouses and docks on the lake. Drawdowns improve the fishery by concentrating predator species like bass and crappie with baitfish, giving them more opportunities to feed while temporarily thinning out abundant baitfish levels to increase their growth rate in fertile lakes. They also help recycle nutrients and reduce silt deposits by allowing shallow flats to dry out and existing grass seeds to sprout and provide future nursery cover for baitfish and young-of-the-year gamefish.

Contact Kris Nault, AGFC fisheries supervisor at 501-351-8947 for more information about the drawdown and meeting.



Scheduled drawdowns, like the one completed in 2019 at Lake Chicot, allow lakeside landowners opportunity to make repairs to boat docks and boost the fisheries productivity.

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