RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 22, 2014) — Staff with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission this summer planted aquatic vegetation in five Piedmont reservoirs to improve fish habitat and provide anglers with better fishing opportunities.
Staff planted native vegetation, such as pickerelweed, water willow, soft stem bulrush, white water lily and eelgrass, in W. Kerr Scott Reservoir, Lake Gaston, Lookout Shoals Lake, Lake Townsend and Oak Hollow Lake — bodies of water that lack natural shoreline habitat. When established, these plants will be beneficial to all life stages of fish, and will provide anglers with a variety of habitat types to fish. In addition to providing excellent habitat for fish, these native plants will protect shorelines from erosion and will filter sediment and pollutants from surface runoff.
To keep the new vegetation from being eaten by turtles, grass carp, muskrats and other herbivores, Commission staff built fenced-in protected areas, called excl