The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown for Chicot Lake to begin on Sept. 3 to control nuisance aquatic vegetation, according to a press release.
The lake, located just north of Ville Platte, will be lowered 3 feet from pool stage, the release states. Water fluctuations on Lake Chicot have proven to yield significant beneficial effects for fisheries and vegetation control, LDWF said.
Although the lake will not be closed to fishing during the drawdown, boaters are advised to use caution during the low-water period as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater obstructions.
According to the release, the drawdown is part of an integrated lake management plan to control nuisance vegetation. In 2012, triploid grass carp were stocked into the lake, and herbicide applications will also continue, the release states.