on Jul 07, 2011 12:00 AM • Views 6033
Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen, Public Information Officer

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 7, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission re-opened the fishing pier at the Bells Church Public Fishing area yesterday. The pier, which is located on Jordan Lake in Chatham County, was closed July 2 due to damage from a recent storm.

Commission personnel closed the fishing pier after being notified by an angler that the pier had become partially dislodged from shore, leaving a gap between one side of the pier and the concrete abutment anchoring it to shore.

“It is unfortunate that we had to close a fishing area during the fourth of July weekend, but public safety is of the utmost importance,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “Because Bells Church is one of the most popular public fishing areas the Commission maintains, we put all of our resources towards getting the pier operational as quickly as possible.”

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing