Marion McCollum/Lake Greenlee shad kill scheduled
BRINKLEY - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will conduct a gizzard shad fish kill on Marion McCollum/Lake Greenlee on Friday, Sept. 19. The kill is part of a plan to reduce the large population of large size shad in an effort to allow small, forage fish a chance to thrive.
Rotenone will be applied from the air shortly after daybreak, weather permitting, and barricades will be placed on the boat ramps to prevent access to the lake during application. Once the application is complete, the barricades will be removed.
Gizzard shad that grow to a size of 16 or more inches are too big for most gamefish. Only a small amount of poison will be used to kill only the shad.
Shad are more susceptible to lighter doses of poison than gamefish species. The impact to gamefish should be minimal.
When large gizzard shad are removed from the lake’s fish population more small food organisms are then available to other fish species. As a result of the kill, more young fish are produced that are easily consumed by gamefish species.
The public is welcome to pick up any gamefish that may surface on Sept. 19.
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