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Javors Lucas Lake opens for public fishing

Feb 23, 2012 by Dr. Chris Wood

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The 2012 public fishing season at Javors Lucas Lake opens the first weekend in March. As the MWA’s drinking water reservoir, it doubles as an ideal site for catching a variety of fish, including bream, bass, and catfish.

The Macon Water Authority (MWA) will kick off its 2012 public fishing season at Javors Lucas Lake – its drinking water reservoir – during the first weekend in March. The season will last until the end of October, though the schedule will vary from month to month, including the reservoir being closed during July and August.

The Authority has announced the following dates and times of operation for its 2012 public fishing schedule at Javors Lucas Lake:

March 2 – April 1
Open Fridays – Sundays
6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

April 5 – May 27
Open Thursdays – Sundays
6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

June 1 – July 1
Open Fridays – Sundays
6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

July 2 – August 30
Javors Lucas Lake Closed

August 31 – September 30
Open Fridays – Sundays
6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

October 5 – October 28
Open Fridays – Sundays
6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fishing on Javors Lucas Lake also will be available on Monday May 28, 2012 for Memorial Day, as well as Wednesday, July 4, for the 4th of July holiday, and Monday, September 3, for Labor Day.

Sunday October 28, 2012 will be the last day of public fishing on Javors Lucas Lake this year. The lake will be closed for fishing during the months of November and December, as well as during the months of January and February, 2013.

The MWA charges a nominal fee for parking and access to Javors Lucas Lake by local anglers, to offset the costs for security and oversight of recreation on the reservoir. The parking fee for fishing is $5 per vehicle for those fishing on the shore, and $10 for vehicles with a boat. A seasonal pass is available for $100.

While fishing on Javors Lucas Lake, the number of guests per boat is limited to its rated capacity, and boats accessing the reservoir are limited to those propelled by paddles, oars, or electric motors. No gas or diesel powered boats are allowed.

Fishing on Javors Lucas Lake is governed by the guidelines laid out by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Resources Division, and the MWA reserves the right to close the reservoir on an allotted fishing day, without prior notice, in the event of an emergency or for maintenance or operations.

Javors Lucas Lake was dedicated in November of 2006 for long-time MWA Board Member and Vice-Chairman Javors J. Lucas. The MWA drinking water reservoir holds an estimated 6.5 billion gallons of water at normal full pool, providing the ideal habitat for a variety of fish.

For details on MWA fishing rates, rules, and regulations, as well as directions to Javors Lucas Lake, check out the links on the “Fishing at Javors Lucas Lake” page on this Web site (www.maconwater.org), and for more information on public fishing at Javors Lucas Lake, contact Gary McCoy, MWA Director of Water, at 478-464-5653 or gmccoy@maconwater.org.

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
770-757-1681 (phone)
jcwood@uga.edu (email)

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