The Ottumwa Courier

July 23, 2013

Albia lake set for restoration

Ottumwa Courier

---- — ALBIA — The Department of Natural Resources says an area lake will be lowered next month in a bid to bring the fish population back into balance.

The efforts focus on Lake Miami, a lake located north of Albia at the Monroe County Conservation Area. The lake has bass, bluegill and channel catfish, and according to the IDNR, “has a strong history as an excellent crappie fishing lake.”

But the IDNR says the balance between species has been thrown off. That has led to water quality problems and poor fishing.

The initial step in restoring the 122-acre lake is lowering the level by 6 feet. Restocking will then take place in the fall and continue in 2014.

“By 2016, we will have quality fishing for bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass and channel catfish,” said Mark Flammang, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa DNR.

The conservation area surrounding the lake includes camping, cabin rentals and hiking trails. Those services will remain accessible while the lake is restored.

Officials with the IDNR will discuss plans for the lake at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug.12 at the Monroe County Nature Center.