Annually, Alabama Power Company and Bankhead National Forest staff place sunken fish structures in sloughs and along banks at one of the Forest Service's three Recreation Areas along Smith Lake. Bundled Christmas trees or bamboo structures are put in Smith Lake to improve fish habitat and fishing opportunities.
On January 31, Alabama Power and Bankhead employees placed about 60 structures in the lake at the Clear Creek Recreation Area. When fishing in the area look for "fish habitat" signs along the bank, which designate areas where structures have been placed. Or, you may visit www.alabamapower.com/lakes/home.asp and find GPS locations of fish habitat structures.