October 5, 2016 03:53 PMFish cribs

By Jack Hanrahan, 814-870-1696

ERIE, Pa. -- Members of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie, Pennsylvania Sea Grant and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources gathered Tuesday at the West Pier boat launch at Presque Isle State Park to improve the fish habitat of Presque Isle Bay.

What they did: 

Crews loaded wooden structures onto pontoon boats, then placed the structures in Presque Isle Bay near the Niagara Boat Launch and near the outflow of Mill Creek. The structures, made of rough-cut hemlock, will create habitat for warmwater species of fish such as bass and panfish.

What they said:

"We are going to create fishing hot spots for the anglers of Erie," said Ben Page, lake habitat specialist with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

"Our hope is that these structures will create new fishing spots for local anglers," said David Boughton, maritime education specialist with Pennsylvania Sea Grant.

By the numbers:

• 126 vertical plank structures were placed in Presque Isle Bay Tuesday.

• The structures measure 4 feet by 4 feet

• Each is weighted with nine concrete blocks

• The structures were sunk in 12-14 feet of water in two locations: near the Niagara Boat Launch and the out flow of Mill Creek.

• Cost of the project was $10,000.

Jack Hanrahan can be reached at 870-1696 or by email. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/ETNHanrahan.

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