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Wildlife Department putting tornado debris to good use

Agency will use it to make fish attractors for state lakes
by Ed Godfrey Published: June 1, 2013

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has been helping with the tornado cleanup in the Moore area and has found a useful purpose for some of the tornado debris.

Employees from the agency are taking concrete blocks from destroyed businesses and farms and will use them to make “spider blocks” to sink in state lakes.

“We've probably got close to 500 right now,” Greg Summers of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation said Thursday.

The spider blocks are man-made fish attractors that the agency has placed in lakes across Oklahoma.

The structures are concrete blocks with bendable plastic pipes protruding from the top and resemble spiders in appearance.

The spider blocks attract fish just like cedar and hardwood trees in lakes.

“Predators use them as an ambush point,” Summers said. “That's why they are valued as fish attractors because they do attract predators.”

Spider blocks are usually located in 6 to 12 feet of water.

The areas where they are located are often marked on lakes, but anglers also can find a map of fish attractors in lakes on the agency's website at

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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