Iowa DNR relocates Kent Park Lake's fish before draining

Published: Apr. 24, 2017 at 6:39 PM CDT
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The Department of Natural Resources and Johnson County Conservation Board caught loads of fish at Kent Park Lake today.

They are moving the fish to other ponds and lakes so that they can drain Kent Park Lake. This comes after weeks of loose fishing regulations in an effort to clear out the fish to move on to the next phase of the lake restoration project. An official with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it helps balance other local aquatic ecosystems.

"What we're trying to do is salvage some of these fish. We're putting some of them in ponds here in the park and then any extras are going to go to areas in Coralville and North Liberty and close areas that we could put a little more fish in" said Paul Sleeper, a fisheries management biologist for the Iowa DNR.

The restoration project is generally on schedule. Sleeper says it could take two weeks to drain the lake depending on the weather.