on Nov 01, 2011 03:12 PM • Views 7610

Commission personnel David Hart (left) and Corey Oakley prepare to drop one of eight recycled tree reefs into Hyco Lake.

Media Contact: Jodie Owen, Public Information Officer

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2011) – Finding the newest fishing hot spots at three Piedmont lakes may be as simple as looking in the trees.

Since earlier this year, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission personnel have bundled and sunk more than 80 evergreen trees at Jordan Lake, dropped eight artificial “tree reefs” constructed of recycled plastic on Hyco Lake, and cut-and-cabled 36 trees along the shoreline of Randleman Lake — all to attract fish and improve fishing opportunities.

Many popular sportfish, such as largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill, congregate around trees and artificial structures because of the food, shelter and nursery habitats they provide, according to Corey Oakley, a biologist with the Commission who oversees fisheries management for Randleman, Jordan and Hyco lakes.   

“Our research has shown that crappie really like to congregate around sunken evergreen trees and artificial structures, so crappie anglers should cast around the fish attractor buoys on Jordan and Hyco lakes this fall,” Oakley said. “Likewise, as the largemouth bass and crappie fisheries continue to develop in Randleman Lake, the cut-and-cabled trees will provide excellent nursery habitats as well as locations for large fish to capture prey. In fact, we have already received reports from anglers who have caught large bass around these trees.”      

The evergreen trees and artificial structures on Jordan and Hyco are clearly marked with fish attractor buoys, which are white with orange markings, black lettering, and a green N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission diamond.  The cut-and-cabled trees on Randleman Lake are marked with white and black N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission habitat enhancement signs.  

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit Fishing Areas & Species.

MEDIA: A hi-res version of the above image may be downloaded here. Please credit N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission.