TAYLOR (AGFC) –
Contractors for International Paper have begun lowering the water level
of Lake Erling in preparation for routine spillway and water control
structure inspections. The lake will be lowered three feet to allow
inspectors to examine the concrete and mechanical structures that are
used to adjust and maintain the lake's water levels.
have already been identified between the concrete slabs of the spillway.
These leaks will be patched and sealed during the drawdown. Later this
fall, once the inspections are complete, the lake will be allowed to
fill naturally. Anglers should not expect water levels to be normal
before next spring.
may disrupt immediate fishing plans, it can be a great chance to
identify and map various features of the lake bed such as humps, log
piles, underwater shelves and creek channels. It also would be a great
time to create some fishing hot spots for next season by placing brush
piles or other woody structures in the lake bed. But be careful what
kind of structures or features you create. Before moving or placing any
dirt or rock in the lake bed, anglers must obtain permission from
International Paper and obtain a 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, Vicksburg District.
are great for fish production, because they allow air to reach the muck
on the bottom which will help it decompose faster and enrich the soil.
Exposing the soil to summer time heat also helps to compact the silt
layers. Both of these conditions help increase production of nest
spawning fish like bass, bream, and crappie. If the lake fills prior to
spring fish spawns, fishermen can expect large year classes of these
species to show up on anglers' hooks a couple of years down the road.