Smith Mountain Eagle as looking like “aliens having a bad hair day.”
YCC crew made structures to enhance fish habitat Smith Mountain Lake
The YCC crew constructed the fish habitatsfrom cinder blocks filled with concrete with various sizes of plastic hose extending out in a tree pattern. Then, thecrew and park staff placed the habitats in several locations: around 3 of the park’s docks, at the Franklin County Park's pier, and off a point close to the boat ramp that can be accessed from shore when fishing. It was a cooperative effort between the park and Appalachian Power/American Electric Power (AEP) as part of their long term plan for management for recreational fishing in Smith Mountain Lake. AEP operates the dam and regulates much of the shoreline.
YCC crew and park staff place fish structure in Smith Mountain Lake
They were placed in groups of 3-5 at a depth of about 15 feet of water, where they provide habitat, structure and protection for fish, and improve fishing opportunities also. The design and water hose is snag free – cutting down on line and lure getting tangled and causing the angler to cut the line, loose the lure and leave it in the water. They're heavy enough to not be moved by current and the materials will last years under water without degrading or coming loose.
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FISHING, BOATING: Located on Smith Mountain Lake, the park offers ample opportunities for shore and boat fishing. You’ll find striped bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish and several other species. Formore information about fishing in Smith Mountainclick here.
LOCATION: The park is on the north shore of Smith Mountain Lake in Bedford County, approximately 40 miles from both Lynchburg and Roanoke and 140 miles from Richmond. To get there, take U.S. 460 to Route 122 South to Moneta, then go east on Route 608 to White House. Next go south on Route 626 for two miles to park entrance.
Click here for a Google map. Latitude, 37.079625. Longitude, -79.610993.
PARK MAP: Facility guide (PDF).
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES: Cabins and camping. For information on availability of overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can Click here for park fees.
Thanks toAssistant Park ManagerNate Clark for contributing to this blog.