Volunteers to create Lake Wylie fish reefs

Volunteers on Saturday will deploy large groupings of porcupine-like fish attractors in Lake Wylie to create fish reefs prized by anglers.

The attractors, which also were placed in Lake Norman in recent years, help provide cover and refuge for fish. In time, algae and plankton growth on the attractors concentrate even more fish in one area, according to the nonprofit N.C. Wildlife Federation.

Members of the federation’s Gaston Piedmont Area Wildlife Stewards chapter have been fully trained by state biologists in assembling the attractors and properly deploying them, federation CEO Tim Gestwicki said in announcing the deployment.

Attractors will be clumped 10 to 20 per site at 20- to 30-foot depths, far below boat engines and deep enough where crappie, spotted bass and largemouth bass roam.

“This is a wonderful cooperative project that will benefit local anglers and help get people outdoors and connected to nature,” Gestwicki said.

Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the public access area beside T-Bones on the Lake, 3990 Charlotte Highway (S.C. 49), Lake Wylie, S.C.

The attractors were purchased through a grant by the Habitat Enhancement Program, a cooperative initiative by Duke Energy, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

The program aims to enhance, create and protect fish and wildlife habitat along the Catawba-Wateree River basin in the Carolinas.