Lake Miami is in the middle of a complete lake restoration that will bring better fishing, improved lake access and water quality to the 137-acre lake north of Albia.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources began the project in October 2013 when it renovated and restocked the fish population to eliminate a common carp problem and an overall fish population stuck in neutral. Then in May, it added a barrier to the lake outlet designed to prevent carp from reentering the lake.
Early results show excellent fish growth with catchable sized largemouth bass and channel catfish already available.
Mark Flammang, fisheries biologist for the DNR, said the next set of improvements will be installed this winter.
“We will improve 10,000 feet of shoreline, add two fishing jetties and fish habitat starting in January,” Flammang said. “Then in the spring, four ponds and two dry basins will be built in the watershed on public land to reduce gully erosion.”
Additional plans down the road include timber stand improvements to improve forest quality on public land, and working with private landowners to reduce impacts of watershed land use on lake water quality.
The lake restoration project is an investment in excess of $1 million that is designed to last for decades.
“This is an excellent project that will benefit the county park and surrounding communities through increased visitation and spending by those visitors in area businesses,” Flammang said.
The project is being funded by a grant from the State’s Watershed Improvement Review Board to the Monroe County Conservation Board, the Iowa DNR’s Lake Restoration Program and the DNR’s Fisheries Bureau.
For more information, contact Mark Flammang, Fisheries Biologist, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 641-647-2406.