Lawrenceburg Outdoors

Morris Ferry Dock Gets Improvement To Ramp, Woods Reservoirs Gets More Man-Made Habitat

The ramp at the old Morris Ferry Boat Dock on Woods Reservoir has a facelift, and while the boat dock days are now resigned to history local anglers can at least be assured their access to this excellent fishing lake will be good for many years to come.

An engineering crew at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency recently refurbished the ramp and while doing so lengthened it to help make access easier for all boats, but especially larger boats (like pontoons) that boaters have had difficulty launching their vessels.

“I think boaters and anglers are going to like the ramp a lot more now that it has been worked on,” said Todd St. John, a reservoir biologist for TWRA’s Region II office. “Access is considerably better than what it was.”

While the boat ramp is in better condition, so too is much of the man-made fish habitat found throughout Woods Reservoir. The TWRA recently “re-brushed” many of the fish attractors on the lakes with Christmas trees, according to St. John.

“We made improvements on the attractors that anglers fish over when they are near the TWRA buoys that have the fish and hook symbol on it,” he said.

In addition, the TWRA crew assigned to Woods Reservoir also built 165 “spawning benches” in Woods Reservoir, taking advantage of a lake that had been lowered so that the agency could work on the Morris Ferry Ramp.
Spawning benches are a couple of pieces of small lumber attached above two concrete blocks and resemble a rather primitive park bench. When the lake level is raised it will cover the benches, and provide a place for fish to spawn, seek cover, or hide to ambush baitfish.  
“Spawning benches serve multiple purposes,” said St. John. “We have them in other Middle Tennessee impoundments and saw Woods being drawn down as an opportunity to add them around the lake’s shoreline.”

Woods Reservoir is a popular impoundment with crappie and bass anglers. It also provides good bluegill fishing. It is owned by Arnold Engineering Development Center, but the fish population is managed by the TWRA.