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Public meeting to be held on plans to remove carp and restore the fishery of Mud Lake

By Central Office October 2, 2017

Contact(s): Nathan Nye, DNR Poynette Area Fisheries Biologist, 608-635-8122 or Pete Jopke, Dane County Water Resources Planner, 608-224-3733

MADISON -- The Dane County Land and Water Resources Department in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host a public information meeting on plans to remove carp and restore the fishery of Mud Lake in the Town of Roxbury. The meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Roxbury Town Hall, located at 7161 Kippley Road.

Mud Lake is a 51-acre lake located in northern Dane County near the border of Columbia County. It has a maximum depth of 5 feet. Fish include panfish, largemouth bass and northern pike. Consistent with recommendations made in the 2014 Fish, Crystal and Mud Lakes Management Plan, Mud Lake will receive a rotenone treatment in the winter of 2018 to reduce common carp populations. Carp have a negative impact the aquatic plant community that has resulted in poor water quality conditions, with common blue green algal blooms. The treatment, which was originally planned for 2017, had to be delayed due to connectivity between Fish and Mud Lakes. The issues were resolved in the spring of 2017 and the project is now moving forward.

Dane County Parks and DNR fisheries staff have been monitoring Mud Lake the past five years and plan to treat Mud Lake with rotenone in the winter of 2018. The treatment will take two to three days to complete. Rotenone is a botanical pesticide that has a long history of proven effectiveness in rehabilitating shallow lakes. Additional information on restoring the fishery and long term management will also be discussed.

For more information about the upcoming meeting, contact Pete Jopke, Water Resources Planner, Dane County Land and Water Resources Department, 608-224-3733 jopke@countyofdane.com or Nathan Nye, DNR Poynette area fisheries biologist, 608-635-8122 Nathan.Nye@wisconsin.gov

Last Revised: Monday, October 02, 2017

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