(Lewis) The three-year Prairie Rose Lake Restoration Project is complete.
"On Thursday, last week, the water went over the spillway for the first time, so that is kind of significant,” stated Bryan Hayes, Southwest Iowa Fisheries Biologists for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “It’s a reason to kind of celebrate I guess. We've come a long way with Prairie Rose."
Hayes says they have stocked 12,000 Channel Catfish, 200-adult Large Mouth Bass, along with two-inch Blue Gills that were stocked in March.
“And that kind of completes the stocking for this first year,” said Hayes. “We wanted to establish the bass, bluegill, and channel catfish populations in the lake and future stocking will include crappies, so we will add those to the mix probably next year after another year of bass reproduction.”
Hayes says there could be some fishing in the summer of 2014, but 2015 will probably be the first big year for fishing at Prairie Rose State Park.
The Lake restoration project started in 2009-2010 with water shed work to improve the water quality. The DNR pulled the plug and drained the lake in the fall of 2011 and let it dry during the summer and closed the gate in the fall of 2012. And thanks to a wet spring the lake is full again and now the DNR is just waiting for the fish to develop.
June 17, 2013