The Annual Fish Habitat Improvement Project at Lake Shelbyville is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2013. Volunteers are needed to help bundle 412 donated Christmas trees, assemble 160 new artificial fish attractors and help place all of the fish attractors in the lake. Anyone interested in volunteering should meet at the Coon Creek Boat Ramp at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 9. If the conditions are not conducive on the 9th the work day will push backed to Saturday, March 16, 2013.
This year volunteers are asked to bring their pontoon boats as well as jon boats. The artificial attractors are approximately 5 feet in diameter and are more easily transported on a pontoon boat. If you have a boat and can bring it to help, please contact Natural Resources Specialist Ashley Florey at (217) 774-3951, ext. 7005 before the work day for planning purposes.
The donated Christmas trees will be bundled together in small groups, then taken out by boat and submerged in the lake at select locations. The attractors provide fish with breeding areas and escape cover.
The Lake Shelbyville U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be providing lunch for the volunteers after the work is completed at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center Auditorium. The Corps thanks Wal-mart of Shelbyville which donated all of their left over Christmas Trees, Fox and Austin Masonry & Concrete Construction for donated oversized bricks for artificial fish attractors' anchors and Johnstown Mall and the City of Sullivan for provided areas for collecting trees.