The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will place donated Christmas trees and artificial porcupine structures into Lake Shelbyville to enhance the fisheries for years to come on March 19, 2016.
Volunteers with boats are needed to help place trees in the lake at designated locations. Volunteers on shore are also needed to help build the porcupine structures and bundle and place the trees and porcupine balls in the boats.
To volunteer, meet at the Lone Point Recreation Area boat ramp parking lot at 8:45 a.m. or 8:00 a.m. if you plan on bringing a boat. Volunteers are required to sign in prior to starting and work will begin at 9:00 a.m. A free lunch will be provided at the Visitor’s Center in Shelbyville after the work is completed.
All participants on fish habitat day will receive aerial maps with coordinates detailing where the structure was placed for later fishing reference. Maps will not be supplied to the general public, so if you would like one, we’ll see you on fish habitat improvement day!
The Corps of Engineers greatly appreciates the support of the surrounding communities for their support of this project. A special thanks goes to Howy’s Lakeside and Hook It Baits for providing collection sites for the Christmas trees, Fox and Austin for the bricks to weight down the porcupine structures and International Paper for supplying paper tubes that help form tree anchors.
For more information on this fish habitat project, or if you are interested in bringing a boat to use please contact Natural Resources Specialist Ashely Florey at (217) 774-3951, ext. 7005 or IDNR Fisheries Biologist Mike Mounce at (217) 345-2420.