The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


August 27, 2013

Wildlife Commission Enhances Fish Habitat in Lake James


Tuesday, August 27, 2013 —

“By deploying these fish attractors and constructing boulder reefs, we are enhancing fish habitat and offering specific areas for anglers to target.  These areas should concentrate fish during certain times of the year, which may improve catch rates and the overall fishing experience.”


The project was funded through a Catawba-Wateree Habitat Enhancement Program (HEP) grant. The program is a cooperative effort between the Commission, Duke Power and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.


The Commission has received almost $100,000 from the Catawba-Wateree Habitat Enhancement Program over the past five years to enhance fish habitat in Catawba River reservoirs.


The Commission, along with several cooperators, has placed fish attractors in public lakes and ponds throughout the state. Visit the Fish Attractor Map and Coordinates for a complete list of fish attractor sites. For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit the Fishing page.      


About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit

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