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Fishery Management at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge
Midwest Region, February 12, 2009
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Jennifer Johnson holds a walleye captured during DeSoto Lake sampling efforts in 2006. Walleye are a valued species at DeSoto NWR and have made up a large segment of our database and our management efforts over the past 3 years.
Jennifer Johnson holds a walleye captured during DeSoto Lake sampling efforts in 2006. Walleye are a valued species at DeSoto NWR and have made up a large segment of our database and our management efforts over the past 3 years. - Photo Credit: n/a

The Columbia National Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission met this month to discuss the results of our sampling efforts and the future stocking/assessment plans at DeSoto Lake.  It was a great opportunity for us, as a group, to provide fisheries management recommendations to DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge based on multiple years of data collected from DeSoto Lake.  The meeting focused on the results of an intensive 3 year fishery management project that started in 2006 ended in 2008. 

 

Sampling information gathered from each of the agencies in 2008 was compiled by Columbia NFWCO fish biologist Brian Elkington and used to assess and discuss our data collection and fish stocking strategy for 2009.  In the case of both sampling and stocking, minor changes will be made in 2009 to adjust our efforts based on the past three years of data.  We also discussed habitat projects that have been completed such as large rock reefs constructed in the fall of 2007 and the prospect of future pine tree placements or rock reef construction in the lake.  The group unanimously agreed that these projects are very important to promote fish habitat and strong populations at DeSoto Lake.  We are also developing a research study to promote the re-introduction of many aquatic vegetation species back into DeSoto Lake.  We ran experiments in the lake in 2008 and have plans to expand that work in the coming months.    


Contact Info: Brian Elkington, (573) 445-5001 ext 25, Brian_Elkington@fws.gov



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