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Page B-2, The Tuskegee News, July 16, 2009 Many varieties of material is used to cre- ate a habitat for fish in Lee County State Lake. Those items include discarded Christmas trees, PVC pipe, most metals and fiberglass. Items must be environmentally friendly. Top photo: Robert Justice and John Foshee build fish reefs to go in Lee County State Lake. Right: Foshee pre- pares to place a reef in the lake that will pro- vide a better habitat for fish in the lake. Your junk may be our treasure for Lee County State Lake By DWIGHT LAKE Manager, Lee County State Lake and Bait House Over the years, I have written sev- eral articles about fish structure and habitat. If you have read any of them, you know how important this is for the fishery. Most of the structure is made up of trees we cut and Christmas trees donated to us. Natural wood structure is hard to beat but it has one flaw, it will deteriorate and has to be replen- ished arinually. In recent years, I have done exten- sive research on alternative materi- als that may be used along with trees that will last several years. The first thing" with any foreign material is to establish that it is environmentally friendly. A few materials that may be used along with others are plastic, PVC, most metals and fiberglass. We must establish that none of the materials were used in conjunction with other materials that could be harmful to the lake. For example, a car battery is cased with some type of PVC or plastic but I would never put one in the lake because its contents could be harmful to the fishery. These materials are too expensive to justify buying for this purpose. This is where you can help. Many of you may have. items lying around that have out lived their usefulness and could be used for fish habitat. It is a no lose situation for all. You get it out of your way, it won't take up space in the land field and it will help the fishery. Some examples of what to look for are plastic and PVC pipe, plastic buckets, barrels, old lawn furniture, kids plastic toys, old boats, plastic crates, the list goes on. If you see something you have questions about iust call me. Friends of' the lake, John Foshee and Robert Justice, are masters at taking your junk and turning it into a functional fish reef. While we are on the subject, we need your Christmas trees. The lake will be closed December and January so bring your trees to the lake and throw them over the fence beside the r6ad-- we will take it from there. As always, your help is appreciat- ed. I am sure it will give you a sense of satisfaction to do something that: will help your lake be the best it: can be. / LAKE HOURS: Sunrise to Sunset, Closed Monday and Tuesday PHONE: (334) 749-1275 AMENITIES: Boat rental, Cabins, Fishing Pier with feeder, Boat Ramp, Restrooms" and Bait House KING CAT TOURNAMENT: It's not too late to catch the big one ,and win a boat. Billy Horne leads with a 11.6 pounder. NIGHT FISHING: Emery Wednesday until 10 p.m. CDT WATER LEVEL: 2 inches low VISIBILITY: 28 Inches WATER TEMPERATURE: 82 degrees at two feet FISHING REPORT: Bass produc- tion continues to be fairly good. Help us reach our goal on bass removal. Bream of all sizes very active, Larry Thomas has been slaying one- half pounders this week from the dam. With the water level dropping and the temperature rising look for cat- fish production to continue to get better especially during night fish" ing. Although Mike Jones caught a nice mess of Crappie this Week, this species have been slow. A M k'ng Me " - morles a 1 -- Li00ti e Memory DlaC ues from 00uskegee are the perfect way to preserve your cherished memories that appear in the paper. The pages or articles and the pictures that go with them are preserved for placement on your wall or as a gift to someone special. To order you plaque contact: Call 334-727-3020 Stop By: 103 South Main St, Tuskegee, A1 Email Us: (Examples canbe seen at be u,gee em6) I I Date of Paper: I I Page in the Paper: I I If you only want, one article - Title: I Istep 2: Choose your size I I 5"x7" - $45 I 8"x10 '- $55 I 11.5"x21.5" - $85 I Step 3: Choose your Background and Trim colors I I Background Colors: I I I I I I I Walnut White Blue Black Red Green Burl Oak Mahogany I Trim Colors ! I , I I I I Black II Silver !i aa l I 'Step 4: Call or mail in you contact and payment pntbrmatlon (Print Clearly) . I ! I Name: I I Address: I I City: I I Phone:( ). I ! ]v[y payment.of $. I Check I ! I Money Order I I . Credit Card: I I Card Number: I I l I I a. State: Zip: is enclosed:(Circle One Below) Visa Mastercard Discover Experation Date:l-- Signature: I