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Drawdown Begins at Dunlap Creek Lake in Fayette County

October 19, 2010
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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding anglers and boaters that the Fayette County Department of Roads and Parks has started to draw down Dunlap Creek Lake in Menallen Township, Fayette County, in order to control vegetation.

“The purpose of the drawdown is for fish population management and aquatic plant management,” said PFBC Area Fisheries Manager Rick Lorson. “Aquatic plants provide very good habitat for both young and adult fish. However, too much vegetation - defined coarsely by the PFBC as surface area coverage exceeding 30 percent of a lake - impacts fishing and has the potential to disrupt the balance of fish populations in a lake.”

Located northwest of Uniontown, the 44-acre lake is owned and managed by the PFBC and the grounds are maintained by Fayette County. It is a popular fishing and boating destination and is stocked with both coldwater and coolwater species. The PFBC stocked the lake with rainbow trout on October 7 and is scheduled to stock more rainbow trout on Feb. 1, 2011.

Dunlap Creek Lake will remain open for fishing and boating during the drawdown, which will lower the lake by about 10 feet and is expected to be completed by mid-December. The lake’s water level is expected to begin to return to normal in early March 2011, depending on snow and rainfall runoff.

Drawdowns have been previously used at Dunlap Creek Lake and have reduced the surface coverage of aquatic plants by approximately 46 percent. The PFBC will examine the aquatic plant levels again in August 2011 to determine if the drawdown was successful.

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities.  For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit www.fishandboat.com.

CONTACT

PFBC – Rick Lorson
814-445-3454
rlorson@pa.gov
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