ALBIA – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will relax the fishing regulations at Lake Miami beginning at 8 a.m., Aug. 1, to allow anglers to more freely harvest game fish before the lake is renovated.
The fishery in the 122-acre lake has changed dramatically since there was an uptick in the carp population. What had been an outstanding crappie fishery has suffered the near complete loss of quality fishing.
Fisheries staff from the Iowa DNR is currently rescuing as many game fish as possible and transplanting them to other area lakes.
The water level will be lowered six feet in August prior the fishery being renovated in late September. The lake will be restocked this fall and again in 2014. Quality fishing should return in 2016.
Anglers with a valid fishing license will be allowed to harvest any size or number of largemouth bass, channel catfish, and all other fish species from Lake Miami. Any number of fishing poles or jugs will be allowed. Anglers must remain in sight of these lines at all times, and follow all other fishing regulations and area rules. Trot lines will be allowed (name and address must be attached), however lines may not be set across entire water body.
Nets, dynamite, poison, electric shocking devices, or any stupefying substances will not be allowed. It is illegal to sell fish or stock captured fish into public waters. Liberalized fishing regulations for Lake Miami will remain in effect until the lake is renovated.
Lake Miami is part of Lake Miami Park that is run by the Monroe County Conservation Board and offers camping, cabin rental, hiking trails and more. The park will remain open while the renovation is underway.