Shad Eradication at Noble Park Lake

gizzard shadRelease Date:  January 23, 2017

Licensed staff with the Urban Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources will be conducting shad removal this Wednesday and Thursday at Bob Noble Park Lake.  This month the Division has been working to eradicate mainly gizzard shad at various lakes enrolled in the Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) program.

Shad, a native baitfish common to reservoirs across Kentucky, become problematic when introduced into smaller lakes.  An abundance of shad negatively affects the populations of bass and bluegill.

Dane Balsman, coordinator of the FINs program for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, says “Noble Park Lake will remain open to fishing during this process as the chemical used poses no threat to humans.”

Parks Services Director Mark Thompson says, “The Parks Department appreciates the partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources.  Together we are working to keep Noble Park Lake healthy and full of desirable fish species.”

Balsman says winter is a good time to conduct shad eradication.  Fewer people use lakes at this time of year, and the cold water temperatures are the most stressful for shad.  The eradication will have minimal impact to bass, catfish, and panfish.

Rotenone is the chemical that will be used to eradicate the shad.  It inhibits oxygen transfer and cellular respiration in fish.  All fish are sensitive to the chemical; however, some fish species, such as the undesirable gizzard shad, are more sensitive than others.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources created the Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) program in 2006 to provide anglers with quality fishing opportunities close to home. The program currently includes 43 lakes statewide including Bob Noble Park Lake. Lakes are regularly stocked with catfish and rainbow trout throughout the year. For more information, visit the FINS webpage at https://fw.ky.gov/Fish/Pages/Fishing-In-Neighborhoods.aspx.

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