LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Fishing opportunities on Lake Talquin for shore and bank anglers have been enhanced.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has installed 100 fish attractors (artificial fish habitat) at four public fishing piers on the 8,800-acre reservoir just west of Tallahassee.
Fish attractors provide refuge for organisms such as insects, crustaceans, minnows and other forage fish that sport fish depend upon for food.
Fish are attracted to brush piles or other structures in search of forage and protection from predators. As a result, attractors concentrate fish where anglers can easily catch them.
Fish attractors were installed at Ben Stoutamire Landing and Williams Landing in Leon County and at Pat Thomas Park and High Bluff Campground in Gadsden County.
Each site received 25 mini mossback fish attractors, measuring about 2.5 feet high and 4 feet wide. The attractors are in 7-8 feet of water and are weighed down with a 28-pound concrete block. They are marked with orange and white buoys to alert anglers to their presence.
Mossback fish attractors are made of synthetic brush and are more durable than the oak trees that have been previously used as attractors. Artificial and oak attractors perform equally, but the artificial attractors last almost indefinitely.
Lake Talquin is nationally known for its high-quality black crappie (speckled perch) fishery.
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