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In 2012 the City of Bloomington drained Griffy Lake to work on drain control.
Work finished on Nov. 16, when contractors closed the lake gate and began allowing it to refill.
Dave Kittaka, from the local Division of Fish & Wildlife, says that the sluice gate has been leaky for years, and because it’s at the bottom of the lake, they had to drain it.
“Basically they replaced the gate valve and do some preventative maintenance,” Kittaka says, “Also they were able to drudge the lake for better access from the boat ramp.”
This presented problems for the lake, Kittaka says, especially during droughts
“it got to the point that the upper end was so shallow, you couldn’t get a boat off the ramp and into the lake,” Kittaka says.
DNR’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, which manages the fishery at Griffy Lake, plans to restock it with bluegill, red-ear sunfish, black crappie, largemouth bass, and channel catfish.
The division stocks fish based on decades of fish management experience to ensure a proper balance of predator and prey, with the goal of creating a self-sustained, balanced game fish population.