WAUSAU ?? Fishing on the Lake Wausau dam and part of the Wisconsin River will be closed for eight months beginning May 1, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced today.

A public informational meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 15 at the Marathon County Public Library, 300 First St., in Wausau.

The Lake Wausau dam and the adjacent Wisconsin River, extending from Brokaw to Wausau in Marathon County, will be drawn down 14 feet below normal for dam repairs from May 1 through Dec. 31.

Reduced river and flowage habitat will concentrate fish during this time and could negatively affect fish populations through continuous fishing exploitation.

The area of closure will include all sloughs, bayous and flowages upstream to the first dam or highway bridge. The upstream extent is the first river bend of the Wisconsin River, 1,800 feet upstream of the Highway WW bridge near Brokaw. The downstream extent is the Wausau dam, just south of East Stewart Avenue.

For more information, contact Tim Parks, fisheries biologist, at Timothy.Parks@wisconsin.gov or 715-498-0420.