Lake Bistineau drawdown concludes

LDWF draws down Lake Bistineau on an annual basis. This photo was taken at the conclusion of last year’s drawdown. Photo by Kacee Lynn Manuel.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has concluded a drawdown of Lake Bistineau in Webster, Bossier and Bienville parishes. Purpose of the yearly drawdown is an attempt to control giant salvinia.

Following a recent survey of the lake and an evaluation of other environmental conditions, it was determined the best course of action was to conclude the drawdown. Closing the gates at this time should allow the lake to be at full pool for traditional recreational activities in the spring.

The drawdown is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control aquatic vegetation growth and improve Lake Bistineau sport fishery.

An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system.

For more information regarding the drawdown, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at 318-371-5294.

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