Lake Bistineau, August 16, 2011 Update

August 16, 2011

Lake Bistineau is currently 2.5 feet below pool stage due to the lack of rain in the area.  Salvinia currently covers a combined area of approximately 25 acres. 

LDWF spray crews are working Monday through Thursday, treating the floating fern with herbicides.  Airboat contract spraying began this week in an effort to open up areas inundated with alligatorweed.  This will hopefully allow homeowners easier access to the main lake from their properties.  The contract crews will be working for approximately two weeks and will treat roughly 1000 acres of alligatorweed. 

This week, LDWF along with DOTD will attempt to slow a leak in dam gates as a temporary solution.  The permanent solution for the problem includes grouting the cracks; this must be conducted during a drawdown.  Currently, there are no plans for a drawdown, with hopes water levels will soon return to pool stage.

Continued public involvement in reporting areas of concern regarding aquatic vegetation is greatly appreciated.  The easiest way to report a problem area is to email myself at ethames@wlf.la.gov.  I would also like to encourage all to attend the Bistineau Task Force meetings, as they are a guaranteed source of the latest data.  These meetings are scheduled every two months at 10:00 a.m. at the Webster Parish Courthouse.           

Good luck to all of the duck hunters during teal season this year.  Bistineau may prove to be a hot spot due the drought conditions in this part of the state. 

                                                                                                 

Evan L. Thames

 

Fisheries Biologist Manager