The Iowa Department of Natural Resources relaxed the fishing regulations at Silver Lake, in Worth County, effective immediately, to allow anglers to harvest fish before the lake is drained as part of a renovation project. The relaxed regulations will be in place until Oct. 15, 2012.
Anglers with a valid fishing license may take fish by any means except dynamite, poison, electroshocking devices, or any stupefying substances. In addition, daily bag and minimum length restrictions are lifted. Taking fish for commercial purposes is not allowed.
The DNR will start to draw down the water at the 316-acre lake in January according to the renovation plan. The drawdown replicates the actions of a natural drought period by stimulating plant growth and compacting bottom sediments.
A new water control structure will be built, replacing the deteriorated structure that is currently in place. The new control structure will also include a fish barrier to exclude common carp from entering the lake during future high water events.
After the drawdown, the lake will be refilled and stocked with sport fish. The project will provide healthier fish and wildlife habitat, but the overall goal is clean water.
The promiscuous fishing designation allows anglers to salvage and utilize imperiled fish populations.
For more information, contact the Clear Lake Fisheries Station at 641-357-3517.