No fishing at Cosby Lake after unhealthy conditions discovered; Council discusses back to school plans

No fishing at Cosby Lake after unhealthy conditions discovered; Council discusses back to school plans
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By Faith Callens

CLAY — On Tuesday, July 27, 2021, the Clay City Council met for a regular meeting at City Hall and city leaders agreed to no longer allow fishing at Cosby Lake.

The decision came after a report from City Manager Ronnie Dixon about the health of the lake and the fish in it. A recent electro-shocking analysis showed that all 16-inch and up bass were very healthy and the 16-inch and under bass, were underweight.

Dixon went on to say, the bluegill fish population was low. Five thousand bluegill fish were put in the lake previously and they were two and three-inch baitfish.

Due to recent findings, four-inch and up bluegill fish were found but not many smaller bluegill fish were in the lake. Dixon said that causes an issue for the lake. He said it was recommended to only allow people to take smaller bass out of the lake.

“We would recommend releasing all of the 16-inch bass and above and culling all, under 16 inches,” said Dixon. When they…

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