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Last updated 5:51PM ET
December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Summit Lake To Be Poisoned
(2007-07-26)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: The Colorado Division of Wildlife is planning to "kill" an area lake.
It's an effort to wipe out a non-native fish species, before it spreads to other area waters.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: White suckers have become so dominant, other native fish in Summit Lake, ten miles north of Mancos off Highway 184, are finding it hard to survive, destroying fishing on the lake.
LEWANDOWSKI: YOU KNOW, THEY'VE PRETTY MUCH DONE THAT NOW.
Plus, Joe Lewandowski with the Divison of Wildlife says there's concern the suckers could migrate to other waters causing bigger problems.
So the DOW plans to use the chemical rotenone, to kill off fish in the lake.
The chemical has been used for years and is considered harmless to humans, other wildlife and plants.
The lake poisoning is planned to take place August 27th.
Lewandowski says the lake will be restocked in the Spring with bass, catfish, crappie, blue gill and catchable sized trout.
LEWANDOWSKI: AS SOON AS THEY GET IN THERE, WITHIN A FEW DAYS, THEY'RE HUNGRY AND LOOKING FOR THINGS TO EAT SO FISHING WILL START PRETTY QUICKLY FOR TROUT. SOME OF THE OTHER SPECIES, COULD TAKE THEM A YEAR OR TWO TO GROW.
An informational meeting on the Summit Lake Improvement Plan is set for this evening at 6:30 pm at the Dolores Public Lands Center on Highway 184 just south of Dolores.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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