Division of Wildlife: Additional drawdown at Seneca Lake will affect winter fishing

December 5, 2011

ATHENS, OH – Seneca Lake is under an increased lake-level drawdown this winter for repairs planned to the lower intake valves for the Senacaville State Fish Hatchery located near the dam, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.


The drawdown began on November 1st and the lake will be at a low of 10 feet below normal summer pool.  After the repairs are made to the intake valves, the water level will be brought back up to eight feet below normal summer pool, with an anticipated return to normal lake levels by March 2012.  Seneca Lake levels can be monitored by visiting the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) / US Army Corps of Engineers lake level Web site at /levels.


The main boat ramp and all boat docks will be closed for the duration of the drawdown.  Although anglers cannot launch a boat under the current conditions, many suitable shoreline opportunities are still available at Roadside Park near the dam, Seneca Lake Park, and the spillway below the dam.  Anglers have a good chance of catching saugeye and crappie at any of these locations.  In addition, the tailwater offers an excellent opportunity for saugeye fishing.


Seneca Lake is managed by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District and all boating, swimming, camping, and picnicking is under MWCD control. The Division of Wildlife is in agreement for public fishing and hunting rights on MWCD lakes and lands.


An Ohio resident annual fishing license costs $19; a one-day fishing license costs $11.  Those who purchase a one-day fishing license may later return it to a license agent to receive credit toward purchase of an annual fishing license.


The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all.  Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.


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