Morse Lake just west of Belmond is being rehabilitated to get rid of unwanted rough fish and vegetation. The water level is being lowered, and some shoreline will be repaired. The upcoming winter freeze will go to the bottom of the lake. (This photo, taken by Bruce Voigts, is looking northwest.)
The Iowa DNR has relaxed fishing regulations at Morse and Elm Lakes in Wright County until Dec. 1, 2019 to help remove common carp and bullheads and improve the water quality and habitat in each lake. Anglers with a valid fishing license may harvest all sizes and unlimited quantities of any species of fish from Elm and Morse Lakes. Any number of poles will be allowed, but anglers must remain in sight of these lines. Dynamite, poison or electric shock are not allowed. It is illegal to sell fish or to stock captured fish into public waters.
Both lakes will be restocked with yellow perch, northern pike, largemouth bass and bluegill in the spring of 2020.