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Fishery Management at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge
Midwest Region, January 29, 2010
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Columbia FWCO's Wyatt Doyle with a walleye captured at DeSoto NWR in 2009 night electrofishing. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Columbia FWCO's Wyatt Doyle with a walleye captured at DeSoto NWR in 2009 night electrofishing. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

The Columbia 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.  

 

Sampling information gathered from each of the agencies in 2009 was compiled by Columbia FWCO fish biologist Brian Elkington and used to assess and discuss our data collection and fish stocking strategy for 2010.  In the case of both sampling and stocking, minor changes will be made in 2010 to adjust our efforts.  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.  We are also developing a research study to promote the re-introduction of many aquatic vegetation species back into DeSoto Lake.


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



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