on Jun 13, 2012 04:12 PM • Views 3801
Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

PITTSBORO, N.C. (June 13, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close the Bells Church Public Fishing Area, which is located on Jordan Lake in Chatham County, on June 18 and 19 to begin repairs on the fishing pier. 

The fishing area will reopen at 7 a.m. on June 20; however, Commission personnel will close the area again sometime during the week of June 25 to finish repairs to the pier. The agency will notify the public through its Facebook page, Twitter feed, Conserve & Protect blog and a follow up news release the exact days the pier will close and reopen that week. 

Over the past year, the Commission closed the public fishing area twice in order to repair the pier, which had been damaged by weather-related incidents. In an effort to prevent similar damage and associated repairs in the future, large pilings will be placed along either side of the pier to stabilize it during high-wind events.

“We know that the Bells Church is one of our most popular public fishing areas, particularly in the Piedmont, and we regret that we’ve had to close the area multiple times for repairs,” said Christian Waters, a program manager with the Commission’s Division of Inland Fisheries. “With the pilings in place, we hope that this is the last time we have to close the fishing area for this type of repair.” 

While the Bells Church Public Fishing Area is closed, anglers can visit two other public fishing areas on Jordan Lake, Rock Quarry and Weaverville, both located in Chatham County.

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters visit the fishing page, or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, (919) 707-0220.