Carter Lake will be closed to the public Sept. 27 to Oct. 1 to improve fishing. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will renovate the Douglas County fishery as part of the lake restoration project. Common carp, bullhead and other nongame fish have been adversely affecting water quality in the lake.
Staff from both states will apply rotenone to the lake and surrounding small ponds to remove rough fish. Boat ramps in Omaha and the city of Carter Lake will be closed during the week. Crews from both states will collect dead fish for disposal.
Homeowners are encouraged to have boats on lifts or remove them from the water so the rotenone application and fish clean-up will be easier. Fish found near docks should be pushed toward open water, and fish should not be consumed by humans following rotenone application.
The lake is scheduled to be restocked in October with largemouth bass, channel catfish and bluegill. The lake has no length restrictions or bag limits, but new regulations will go into effect next year.