As with tree revetments, artificial
fish structure is something that we can construct to help enhance
our fisheries. As anglers, we have a unique, almost intimate, knowledge
of our local lakes. We know where our fisheries need a little bit
of help. Put that knowledge to use and create some artificial fish
structure in your local lake.
Structure, whether natural or artificial, is an important feature
in a water body that helps to maintain a diverse and healthy population
of fish. Structure supplies cover for fish looking to evade predators.
Structure provides shade in the summer. Structure provides a place
for fish to spawn as well as a place for food organisms to grow.
And by creating artificial fish structure in your lake, you are
adding to the habitat that helps fish to thrive.
There are various types of materials that can be used to create
Spent Trees: Spent evergreen trees provide excellent
cover for fish. They are also inexpensive and are readily available
after Christmas. They should be anchored in the lakebed with cinderblocks
or some type of weight such as rocks.
Palettes: Used palettes can be used to construct
a triangle or box shape. They, too, can be anchored in the lakebed
with a cinderblock.
Pipes: Used pipes can be plugged at one end with
concrete and tied together. The weight of the concrete will hold
the pipes in the lakebed. Catfish, in particular, are fond of such
Before you undertake any sort of artificial fish structure project,
get permission. Find out who has jurisdiction over your lake and
obtain the necessary permits.
An artificial habitat project is something that an individual or
group can do that is inexpensive and will help the fish in your
local fishery thrive.
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