- Associated Press - Saturday, June 18, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown for vegetation control on Lake Martin in St. Martin Parish.

The drawdown is scheduled to begin after the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 6.

The lake level will be lowered 2 to 3 feet below pool stage. This level is required to successfully dry out nuisance vegetation. Herbicide spraying also will be conducted during the drawdown in accessible areas.

The lake will not be closed to fishing during this time

The lake is scheduled to return to pool stage by Jan. 31, 2017, by pumping in water from Ruth Canal. Officials say filling the lake with water at this time will ensure adequate levels for spring-time spawning.

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