NCWRC adds fish-attracting structure in two Piedmont lakes

The NCWRC is adding artificial structure to attract fishing in several lakes. (Photo by NCWRC)

160 attractors installed on High Rock, Tuckertown

Savvy anglers know that fish relate to structure, whether that means rock piles, sunken debris, bridge pilings, or uneven contours of a lake bottom. And in some bodies of water, structure can be difficult to find. Especially on busy fishing weekends when many anglers compete for the structure that is available.

The NCWRC is taking steps to help anglers have more spots to fish. They’ve done so most recently on two Piedmont area lakes — High Rock Lake and Tuckertown Lake.

Since mid-January, the agency has installed over 160 fish attractors in those two lakes. This will give fish places to congregate — and give anglers predictable places to catch those fish.

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

What are the structures made of?

A variety of artificial materials that are not harmful to the environment are used to build these structures. And they look natural once they are sunk in place.

Largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, a number of panfish, and baitfish like shad live in both lakes, and should take to the artificial structure immediately.

The project is being funded by the Sport Fish Restoration Program, which takes fishing license fees and federal excise taxes levied on fishing equipment, and puts those funds back into projects that help the fish populations throughout the state.

The fish attracting structures won’t do any good for anglers that can’t find them, but that won’t be a problem. The NCWRC marks all of them with buoys. They also post the GPS coordinates for them. Click here for that information.

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