As August is fast approaching I am reminded that I have not fished nearly as much this summer as I wanted to and my granddaughter is not happy about it!
However, if you have been fishing and catching some crappie in any of the lakes in our area such as Lake Martin, Lake Jordan, Lay Lake,Logan Martin, Neely Henry, Walter Bolden, Thurlow, Lake Harris, or Weiss Lake even Smith Lake in northwest Alabama, there is smoethings you may not know about these great fishing and recreation lakes.
Alabama Power built and manages these lakes. Yes , the same company all of us like to cuss and fuss about when we get our power bills, they manage these huge bodies of water in conjunction with the Corp. of Engineers to produce hydro-electric power, cheap and clean renewable power. As well as providing some world class fishing and recreation locations that are the envy of other states across the south. Another thing the Power Company does in these lakes is they provide structure for crappie and other fish to congrecate around in the form of CHRISTMAS trees!
The power company has a department of environmental folks who, in addition to monitoring the lakes for proper levels and flood control, these folks sink thousands of used Christmas trees at pooints around in their lakes to attract and hold fish. This structure gives the fish a “home” and a place to hide from the predator fish. Crappie Bream and small Bass all use the trees to congregate so it improves the fishing tremendously in these lakes. The power company even has these “honey-holes” marked on a website for anglers to use.
They also have a program for planting vegetation along some shorlines to improve fish habitat. At Smith Lake in north Alabama, they have a stocking program for Rainbow trout and release fingerlings as well as adult trout into the tailrace for angler to catch. I lived in Jasper for awhile and enjoyed catching those rainbows. Eating them was even better! Check out the Alabama Power Website for more information! https://apcshorelines.com/
Another month and we will be almost into hunting season, at least for doves! But, before you can blink it will be Bow Season! You need to get your bow out now and check it closely! if you have any doubt about the string, change it! if you don’t feel comfortable working on it, GET IT TO THE BOW SHOP NOW! Don’t wait until September when the guys are already backed up with repairs and service to all the other folks bows, take yours in now and get it tuned! Check out some of the new arrows and tips that are pretty amazing for bringing that bowbuck down low in a hurry! Check your gear, this is the time of year to be getting ready to HUNT!! I know I am!