Fisheries

Jeff Elliott
By: Jeff Elliott

Florida study shows how Rodman Reservoir drawdowns stoke its trophy bass fishery

In Florida, Rodman Reservoir is well known for its trophy bass and periodic drawdowns. A new study gives biologists a better handle on how the occasional changes in water level help stoke the lake's fishery. Managers have drawn down Rodman Reservoir regularly since it was impounded on the Ocklawaha River in the late 1960s to control zealous growth of aquatic plants like hydrilla and water lettuce.