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Water update; Caney Comments

D’Arbonne Water level update: As of 10 p.m. last night, Lake D’Arbonne appeared to be leveling off at 82.35 feet. If we don’t get any significant rain today, that could be the crest. That should be good news to a lot of anxious home and camp owners on the lake. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that no more significant rain falls. If this level holds through tomorrow, the lake should actually start falling slowly by late Wednesday. Again, that’s just a projection. Any significant additional rainfall on the lake or in the general watershed to the north could change that.

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On another topic, if you are interested in the latest sampling information on one of Louisiana’s primary lunker lakes — Caney Lake Reservoir at Chatham —  the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public hearing on Caney Monday, January 21, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be conducted by LDWF biologists and will be at the Jimmie Davis State Park Conference Center, 1209 State Park Rd in Chatham.

The LDWF has been following the guidelines in the plan and has been successful to date, said Evan Thames, Biologist Manager-Fisheries out of the Minden office. “The Main success of management plans

Caney Lake as seen from the State Park Boat Ramp

Caney Lake as seen from the State Park Boat Ramp

are allowing the public to know what we are doing and trying to do and keeping track as well as keeping everyone on the same page,” Evan said. “Preferred or trophy size bass are still being caught on Caney Lake. This has been pretty consistent over the past few years.”

Caney is the home of the Louisiana state largemouth bass record. The meeting will feature discussion of issues, including an overview of aquatic vegetation issues and the results of recent fish population sampling.  LDWF established a comprehensive management plan for Caney Creek Reservoir in 2006, which provides annual public hearings to update the public on ongoing projects, fisheries management issues and aquatic vegetation management.

The meeting is open to the public, and all persons interested in the conservation and management of the fisheries resources and aquatic habitats in Caney Creek Reservoir are encouraged to attend. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit them at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow on Twitter @LDWF.

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