West Point Lake anglers will benefit from the efforts of Boy Scout Jacob Buchanan. The 15-year-old, of Sharpsburg, spent Saturday, May 12 with six other Boy Scouts from Troop 897, out of Newnan, and sank PVC-style fish attractors in Wehadkee Creek on West Point Lake. Jacob had to plan, organize and carry out the project to advance to Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts.
“We dropped a total of 64 fish attractors that were dropped in ‘pods’ of three at 20 various places picked out by myself,” said Jacob.
All 20 of the spots are in a small area in Wehadkee Creek above and below the Highway 109 Spur bridge adjacent to Dewberry Access. At full pool, most of the fish attractors will be in 20 feet of water and provide great deep-water places for anglers to fish in the summer and winter.
“Local fishermen can insert the coordinates on their GPS and go straight to the sites to fish,” said Jacob. “So, if the area supports a good population of fish and large amounts being caught, local fishing retail stores should have an increase of sales: from bait and lures to fishing line and other supplies.”
Jacob, who picked the area because it was near his family’s lake house, said his project would not have happened if it were not for donations made by friends, neighbors and local businesses along with the approval and support of Derrick Wilkerson with the Corps of Engineers, Brent Hess with Georgia’s Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries section and West Point Lake Coalition members Ray Roesel and Jack Struble.