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Mike Swartz and Cecil Bill help unload fish structures from a skid steer onto a boat.

WELLSBORO — Fish, and anglers who try to catch them, will benefit from the placement of more habitat structures in Lake Nessmuk.

On July 17 and 18, two boats shuttled 24 short vertical planks, 25 catfish spawning boxes and five turtle platforms from the shore to the lake.

Mike Swartz, lake habitat manager for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, stood at the wheel of the pontoon boat that carried six of the pre-fabricated, rough-cut hemlock structures on each trip.

Improving the fish habitat began several years ago after the lake was drained for rehabilitation.

For more information, see this week's Wellsboro Gazette.