Annually, Alabama Power Company and Bankhead National Forest staff place sunken fish structures in sloughs and along banks at one of the Forest Service's three Recreation Areas on Smith Lake. Bundled Christmas trees or bamboo structures are put in Smith Lake to improve fish habitat and improve fishing opportunities. These structures immediately attract small fish, which in turn attract larger fish like bass and crappie.
On January 31, Alabama Power and Bankhead partners placed about 60 structures at the Clear Creek Recreation Area. Sites where fish structures are located are recorded by GPS and available by visiting www.alabamapower.com/lakes/home.asp.