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Notice To Anglers - Winter Drawdown Now Occurring at Unicorn Lake | Maryland DNR Fisheries Service News
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Notice To Anglers - Winter Drawdown Now Occurring at Unicorn Lake

12/18/2012  |   Posted by rparson

Tags: recreational  

Freezing weather is approaching and the Fisheries Service staff are once again starting their annual winter drawdown at Unicorn Lake on the Eastern Shore, the drawdown began December 18. The lake will remain lowered (+/- 24”) until approximately Feb 15th. "We’ve been holding off due to the temps being above average and fishermen have been a bit active on the lake", stated Hatchery Manager Russ Parson.

There are a few additional public lakes in the area that fishermen can utilize in place of Unicorn Lake if they want to fish, they are Wye Mills, Urieville and Smithville; these additional lakes all have the same species as Unicorn. The purpose of winter drawdown is 3-fold. First, it freezes out shallow water vegetation - deterring vegetation growth in the warmer months. Second, it forces all species closer together allowing fish to feed with less effort. Third, Unicorn staff uses this time to clean the filter boxes which supply the production ponds with water.