Out with the old, in with the … bamboo

The Forest, Fish, & Wildlife Section at J. Strom Thurmond Lake Project has shifted its fisheries management strategies of old – from using recycled Christmas trees for habitat enhancement – to new habitat enhancement of bank, fishing piers and deep-water attractor sites with bamboo.

We adopted this technique from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) is a non-native, exotic bamboo species found around the southeastern U.S. that invades many habitat types, including those on Thurmond Lake.

To combat the spread of the non-native species and repurpose its negative characteristics into positive, this species is being used as fish habitat enhancement and attractors.

Compared to other natural and artificial attractors, bamboo boasts many benefits, including: being composed of natural materials, having a resistance to decay, exhibiting a vertical and horizonal structure profile, and having a guaranteed upright stationary position.

These factors translate into a greater longevity (more than eight years) and the ability to attract game and non-game fish species.

We still intend to recycle Christmas trees and to repurpose them as a benefit to anglers.

We’re working hand-in-hand with the public to recycle and create positive benefits for the enhancement of the fisheries at Thurmond Lake. Happy angling!

~ Evan Brashier, Conservation Biologist, J. Strom Thurmond Lake Project

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