95 fish attractors going in Lake Wylie on Saturday

May 14, 2013 

— The Gaston County PAWS Chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation will place 95 fish attractors at 24 sites Saturday, May 18, on Lake Wylie.

Attractors will be assembled at T-Bones on the Lake beginnina at 8 a.m. and ending about noon. More volunteers are needed.

The permanent structure attract all types of fish and river bottom wildlife in areas marked by buoys in Lake Wylie to increase the number and size of fish, such as largemouth bass, spotted bass, crappie and catfish.

Locations were chosen by N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and S.C. Division of Natural Resources fish biologists and approved by Duke Energy biologists, Duke Energy Lake Services and Lake Wylie Marine Commission.

For GPS locations and a short description, visit gastonpaws.com.

North Carolina buoys are largely white with luminous lettering showing a fish hook and fish attractor wording. South Carolina buoys are multicolored with blue, green and red with the state emblem. All buoys with fish attractors underneath will have a PAWS sticker on the buoy.

Duke Energy Habitat Enhancement Program, a cooperative initiative by Duke Energy, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and SCDNR, funded the project.

Fishing a buoy is only legal if an angler is licensed to fish in that area of the lake. There is no reciprocation agreement on licensing between North and South Carolina on Lake Wylie. For more information, call 704-860-2015.

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