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Unbalance Food Chain in Ed Lisenby Lake

Earlier this month, Alabama Wildlife biologists looked to restore an unbalanced food chain in a Wiregrass lake.

Just two weeks before Memorial Day weekend, Ed Lisenby Lake lost several hundred fish to the chemical rotenone. However, local fisherman need not worry; the chemical can only serve to increase the ratio of large fish caught in Ozark.

"By eliminating the bass, the predator fish we can improve fishing for your bluegill, your shellcracker species and your crappie species and that was the purpose for this," said Lake Manager Bill Brooks.

Although experts say results won't be seen for another two years, some say that they can already see some changes

"Out here, no, I wasn't catching no bream, but now I catch some bream," said Shirley McCree, a local angler.

Biologists placed the substance closer to the bank of the Lisenby Lake so smaller fish around the shoreline were mostly affected while larger fish toward the middle of the lake were spared.

After the initial announcement of the plan some locals were worried all the bass were being killed, but when all is said and done officials are certain that fishing will improve, and the lake ecosystem will be set for years to come

Biologists emphasize that rotenone is not a poison and all fish in Lisenby Lake are 100-percent safe to eat.


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