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Wildlife Commission Sets 160 Fish Attractors in Two Piedmont Lakes

RALEIGH, N.C. — Fisheries staff with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are working to improve angling opportunities on two Piedmont lakes by installing 160 fish attractors over the last two months.

Since Jan. 15, staff have added five PVC trees in 20 locations on High Rock Lake and five PVC trees at 12 sites on Tuckertown Lake. All sites are marked with a fish attractor buoy, and anglers can find coordinates on the Commission’s Fish Attractor Map page.

The structures are built from artificial materials that resemble natural structure so they should attract a wide variety of both forage and game fishes while withstanding many years of use without falling apart. Both lakes have good populations of crappie, largemouth bass, catfish and sunfishes, as well as forage species, such as gizzard shad and threadfin shad.

“Our goal with these structures is to give anglers an easily identifiable place to find and catch fish,” said Lawrence Dorsey, the district 6 fisheries biologist. “We hope anglers will be pleased with the addition of these structures to High Rock Lake and Tuckertown Lake.”

This habitat enhancement project is funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program, which utilizes state fishing license money as match for federal grant funds derived from federal excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuels.

For more information about fishing in North Carolina, visit the Commission’s fishing page.