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October 16, 2012

Loon Lake reclamation meeting Thursday in Waseca

WASECA — An informational meeting about the reclamation of Loon Lake will be hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources 7-8 p.m. Thursday in the City Council Chambers in Waseca.

Loon Lake in Waseca became dominated by black bullheads after a winterkill in 2009-2010 claimed the majority of northern pike, bass, bluegills and black crappies in the lake. Once a shallow lake becomes dominated by black bullheads, the ecosystem goes out of balance.

DNR Fisheries staff will be available at the public open house to share information and answer questions about the plan to revive the fishery in Loon Lake.

A return to a healthy and diverse fishery is impossible without a complete reclamation.

DNR Fisheries staff have worked in cooperation with the Waseca Lakes Association to develop a three-point plan to reclaim Loon Lake. The plan will eliminate the black bullheads, stock the lake with a variety of more desirable fish and install new aeration equipment to deliver better dissolved oxygen for fish in the winter.

Questions may be directed to the Waterville DNR Fisheries office at 362-4223; or e-mailed to: waterville.fisheries@state.mn.us.

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