Cedar Lake Carp Study is Underway
Carp Solutions, LLC contracted through the Scott Watershed Management Organization (Scott WMO), has made its first attempt on August 6th to electrofish carp in Cedar Lake to implant radio tags. Eight (8) fish were caught in the initial trial, and 12 more carp will be implanted with radio tags at future attempts starting in the next 1-2 weeks. The date/time of the next electrofishing and tagging attempt will be announced soon so residents and view the catch and surgery if interested.
Since eight carp are now implanted with a radio tag to track their movement throughout the lake, we want everyone to know what to look for if you catch or find a carp that may be tagged. First, please notify Melissa Bokman at the Scott WMO so we can retrieve the tag if the fish is not alive or seriously injured to be re-implanted in another fish. We want to have an accurate account of the carp population in the lake & successful study to develop the proper management strategies for Cedar Lake.
Here is how to identify a radio-tagged carp:
Look at the undersides of the carp for an incision that is stitched with dark blue stiching. You will find a silver metal antenna extending out of the fish at an angle near the incision (see photos for example). Photos include the finished sewn incision with the antenna coming out of the side and the other is a little zoomed out picture to give perspective of where you should look for the antenna/incision.
What to do if you catch a radio-tagged carp in Cedar Lake:
- Please release the fish back into the lake if uninjured;
- If the fish is alive but injured pretty badly (floating near shore struggling to survive or just not acting healthy), contact Melissa at the Scott WMO 1-952-496-8887;
- If the carp is dead, hold on to the fish and call Melissa at the Scott WMO 1-952-496-8887 to come pick up.
Results are in for the 2016 Carp Kabob Tournament! Click the link along the left for photos and more.
The disposal of yard and animal waste, leaves, raked lake weeds and dead animals into the lake is considered littering and is a fineable expense per the Scott County Sheriff's Department. Please dispose of these items properly and not into Cedar Lake. Anyone witnessing a violation, please call the Sheriff's office at 952-445-1411 to report it. Thank you.
Welcome to the Cedar Lake Improvement District's (CLID) website. Browse the background information and view the parcel map to see if you reside in the CLID, educate yourself by reviewing the lake management plan or check in on the progress of current projects. CLID residents can even share their fun lake photos or post in the lost and found section in order to connect with neighbors.
The CLID is comprised of residencies and open land, both on and near 793 acre Cedar lake in Scott County, MN. Public entities that lie within the specified CLID boundaries include Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park and two public boat landings.
The CLID is overseen by a volunteer board. Board members recognize that those living or owning land within CLID boundaries are stakeholders in the health and quality of Cedar Lake. Through communication with residents, partnerships and/or collaborations with public/private organizations, the CLID works to recognize the water and lake quality challenges of today and make Cedar Lake an improved resource for the future.