Q. Any chance we could convince the county to allow some natural or manmade structure to be sunk in the lake at Smith Creek Park? This lake has huge potential to become an outstanding fishery with a little help. No motorized boats, catch and release, and some structure would allow for some great family fishing! Sunken trees make great natural structure, while man made “reef balls” can attract fish as well. Im sure with all the marine biologists at UNCW there is someone that could support my idea with some research!
A. Trees have been sunk in Smith Creek Park Lake for several years, said Jim McDaniel, director of the county’s Parks, Gardens and Senior Resources Department.
“It started as a Boy Scout project. We collected old Christmas trees at the site and sunk them before we started stocking the lake,” McDaniel said.
“We are open down the road if N.C. Fish and Wildlife, who helps us mange the fish stock, suggests more structure (like) using hardscapes such as reef balls,” McDaniel added.
Date posted: April 27, 2012
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