LAKE THURMOND (WFXG) - After wrapping up its Christmas tree recycling program last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District is welcoming anglers to take advantage of about 1,500 used Christmas trees now available for use as fish attractors at select boat ramps on J. Strom Thurmond Lake.
"This was a very successful year for our annual Christmas tree recycling program," said Ken Boyd, a biologist with the Corps' Thurmond Lake office who leads the tree recycling effort. "We would like to thank everyone from the community who participated. It's a great way for us to re-use the trees to benefit recreational fishing and fishing habitat at the lake."
Last week Corps park rangers and volunteers transported the trees from the community drop-off site at Riverside Middle School in Evans, Ga. and distributed them at select boat ramps surrounding Thurmond Lake for anglers to use.
"We ask that anglers be sure to weigh down the trees adequately to minimize movement along the lake bottom," Boyd said. "We recommend using a concrete block. Also, it's important that trees are placed in a way that does not impede navigation on the lake. We are happy to answer any questions anglers may have about placing trees."
Submerging trees near private docks or private facilities is strictly prohibited.
"The submerged trees attract fish because they provide cover for small fish, as well as a substrate for algae growth, which creates a feeding area for smaller fish," said Jamie Sykes, Corps of Engineers' fisheries biologist. "These small fish attract larger species, thus creating an enticing "hot spot" for anglers."
Trees are available to anglers at the following areas:
On the Georgia side of the lake:
- Amity Day Use Area
- Big Hart Day Use Area
- Keg Creek Bank Fishing Area
- Gill Point Boat Ramp
- Fishing Creek Boat Ramp
- Cherokee Boat Ramp
- Double Branches Boat Ramp
- Hidden Harbor Boat Ramp
- Crooked Bridge Boat Ramp
On the South Carolina side of the lake: