About a week ago, many small fish (mainly crappies) were found dead and floating around the lake. Some were found in pockets along shorelines, while others were scattered around the entire lake. Several residents and the board reported this to Melissa Bokman at Scott Watershed Management Organization and the DNR Fisheries Department in Shakopee. The Fisheries personnel gathered samples on Friday, September 23, and sent them to a lab where it will take a few weeks to get the results. In the past, fish kills have occurred due to natural events (water temperature changes, fish diseases. etc.) So while it’s not uncommon, it is still alarming when it does occur. It’s always worthwhile to have it checked out so we appreciate being notified and will let you know the results of the testing as soon as we hear.
As you are removing your boats, lifts and other water craft this fall, please make sure to check that equipment for zebra mussels. Cedar Lake IS NOT currently infested with zebra mussels, an aquatic invasive animal, and we all want to keep it that way. To learn more about what to look for, read this information: zebra mussel fact sheet. If you find zebra mussels or anything else that looks suspicious attached to your equipment, please contact the Department of Natural Resources at 1-651-259-5100 and ask to speak to an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Specialist.
To learn how to prevent aquatic invasive species from spreading to Cedar Lake, read these tips: Protect MN Waters.
We have received numerous reports of small dead fish around the lake. The information has been passed onto the DNR Fisheries in Scott County. Thank you for your notifications.
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.
The Scott Clean Water Education Program is offering a free "Stabilize Your Shoreline" workshop on Oct. 6th. This workshop is designed for Scott County residents who have a shoreline on their property and want to protect it from erosion. If interested, residents who attend this workshop can receive technical assistance from the Scott Soil and Water Conservation District and may be eligible for cost-share of up to 75% of the cost of construction of the shoreline stabilization project.
The workshop will be held on Thursday, October 6th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Spring Lake Town Hall, 20381 Fairlawn Avenue, Prior Lake. Those interested in attending this free workshop are asked to register at scottswcd.org or by calling the Scott SWCD office at (952) 492-5425.
Cedar Lake Carp Study
Carp Solutions, LLC contracted through the Scott Watershed Management Organization (Scott WMO), has completed implanting radio tags in 20 carp in Cedar Lake in September. Here is important information so you 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 they can retrieve the tag if the fish is not alive or seriously injured to be re-implanted in another fish. They 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 stitching. 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.
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.