Thursday, May 9, 2013

Bankhead National Forest and Alabama Power Company Install Fish Habitat Structures on Smith Lake

This winter Bankhead National Forest and Alabama Power Company partnered again to improve fish habitat and sport fishing opportunities in Lewis Smith Lake.  Habitat and fishing opportunities are enhanced by placing fish structures in Lewis Smith Lake in areas adjacent to Forest Service Recreation areas.  US Forest Service and Alabama Power Company employees utilize bundles of recycled Christmas trees to construct sunken fish habitat structures.  In summer, the partners will place additional habitat enhancement structures, bamboo bucket structures, in the lake.   The structures provide habitat for small fish, which in turn will attract larger sport fish, such as bass and crappie.

The Alabama Power Company records the locations of the structures and produces a map to aid sport fishers in finding the structures.  The map can be found at  Fish Structure Location Map

This winter structures were installed at sites near the Corinth and Clear Creek Recreation Area.

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