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Brush Piles legal or illegal in Georgia #18325 08/05/16 10:08 PM
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What are rules and regulation about sinking Brush Piles in Georgia?
Has anyone seen any rules or regulation written anywhere from DNR?
If you have written rules and regulation from DNR please post regulation number and where you find it.
Is it just. Dock talk about being illegal, crappy, bream and bass fisherman has been doing it for 100 of years?

I found this on GON Forum

Davis31052
12-22-2008, 08:02 AM
Here is the response I got from the COE regarding christmas trees as fish attractors.

Thank you for your interest in the West Point Project. To answer your question below, no special permit is necessary to place a few Christmas trees or brush piles in the lake for fish attractors.

We recommend the following guidelines:

-Use a suitable anchoring system to prevent the trees from floating away or moving around.

-Place the trees where they are not a safety hazards to boaters or swimmers.

-Place trees in deeper water, say 15 - 20 feet deep, and in an area where the water depth changes significantly.

If you plan to do some extensive work, we recommend you contact our office with proposed materials and attractor locations prior to the work and we'll consider the issuance of a general permit for your project.

I am attaching a press release regarding fish attractor installation. This and other information can be viewed on our web site at http://westpt.sam.usace.army.mil/


News Release: Use of Discarded Christmas Trees for Fish Reefs Permitted at West Point Lake

Often at this time of year anglers begin calling the West Point Project Management Office for advice on using old Christmas trees to attract fish.
For years fishermen (and women) have anchored these discarded trees in the lake in strategic locations to provide cover for fish. Then, when the weather improves next spring they return to try their luck fishing around last year’s Christmas tree(s).

The Corps of Engineers at West Point Project would like to inform all prospective fish reef builders that no special permit is necessary to place a few Christmas trees in the lake, but there are some important guidelines to follow:

• Use a suitable anchoring system to prevent the trees from floating away or moving around. We don’t want to have the tree in the wrong place. A cement block will work well as an anchor for one or two trees, but it must be securely fastened to the tree using nylon twine or a similar material.

• Don’t place the trees where they could become safety hazards to boaters or swimmers. For example, trees should not be placed near boat launching ramps, in shallow boat traffic channels, or at swimming beaches.

• Trees will attract more fish if they are placed in deeper water, say 15 - 20 feet deep, and in an area where the water depth changes significantly, such as near an underwater ridge or hump. Fish tend to use this type of area throughout the year.

Although a permit is not necessary to place a few Christmas trees in the lake, anglers who wish to install large numbers of trees or other types of structure for fishing reefs should contact the West Point Project Management Office at 706/645-2937.



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Re: Brush Piles legal or illegal in Georgia [Re: bojangles] #18328 08/07/16 10:57 PM
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It was my understanding that the COE is the regulatory source for the sinking of brushpiles. Thanks for the info, Tom


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Re: Brush Piles legal or illegal in Georgia [Re: bojangles] #18348 08/21/16 06:51 PM
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Contacted COE about 2 1/2 weeks ago, no reply so far.


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