"Willard Bay June sucker project 4/1/2009
The JSURP and the DRW announce an exciting change in management in the effort to preserve the native June sucker. For several years, the study commission has been searching for a suitable shallow water fishery to serve as a host for a reserve population for June suckers. We are proud to announce that our studies have borne fruit and the perfect lake has been found, Willard Bay. Due to continued problems with the dike structure, it is felt that the impoundment will be unsuitable for a continued warmwater sportfish fishery. Therefore, it will be partially drained, chemically treated, and then restocked with June suckers, who will thrive in the shallow, yet clean water. Removal of the fishing pressure will eliminate the constant conflicts with waterskiers and wake boarders. The entire project is expected to take place over the next 5 years, but should begin in 2010 with partial drainage of the lake.
The DRW issued this comment from Peter Cushing. We know that some will be disappointed in this change in Willard management, but we feel that it is for the greater good. The Feds are also requiring it. We absolutely know that we can eliminate the carp in Willard. That is something we can't say about Utah lake. We also plan to replace the Willard wiper fishery by introducing wipers into Cutler reservoir and Settlement Canyon res. in Tooele county. These two impoundments have abundant chub and other prey species that should feed the wipers well. We are also considering wipers in Strawberry to put a further dent in the chubs there.
A public comment period is allowed for 60 days.
Included Cushing picture www.petercushing.com/ "
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