Freshwater Habitat Fish Attractors

Published: 18th April 2009
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Fish attractors provide habitat for many freshwater fish. People have been experimenting with the use of fish attractors for many years and have discovered some of the benefits and some of the problems with using fish attractors.

Fish attractors are best used in freshwater lakes that lack cover. Fish attractors, like the Honey Hole Tree, provide a surface for biological fish food to grow. It also provides an optimal breeding ground for many species of fish, including the largemouth bass. The cover makes the fish comfortable and helps them to hide their eggs, stalk their prey and protect their young.

Fish attractors should be made of a material that does not release harmful materials into the water. They should also be made of something that will not degrade over time. Many people have used milk crates, tires and stake fields to add cover and structure to the bottom of their lakes. One important thing to consider when adding a fish attractor is whether or not you plan on fishing in the lake. Structures that easily snag a fishing line are not desirable in a fishing location.

When deciding where to place a fish attractor, depth and bottom cover should be assessed. For smaller fish, you can put a fish attractor in shallow water. But, for large game fish such as the largemouth bass, you should place the fish attractor in deeper water that measures between twenty-five and thirty-five feet deep. As a general rule, you want twenty feet of clearance above the attractor to provide a good bass habitat. This also allows for boat motor clearance in lakes that are frequently travelled. Before you place a fish attractor in a lake, check with local officials to make sure you are compliant with local laws, or they may remove your fish attractor.

The coverage already available at the bottom of the lake may be of importance. You may want to consult a lake management company if you are not sure of your location. Lake bottoms that are already covered in aquatic weeds may not be the best place for a fish attractor. The over-abundance of fish habitats can create too much cover for small fish creating an imbalance of large and small fish in the lake.

If you do have a good spot for a fish attractor, it can help to populate your lake with fish. Not only will you give them a good place to hunt, lay eggs and raise young, but you will also give them a life of low stress. This will encourage them to mate more, have a higher rate of young survival and grow larger in the long run. Plus, you will have a sweet honey hole to fish without ever snagging your line!

About the Author: Brad Metzler is the owner of Honey Hole Tree Inc., an industry leader in the production and sale of fish attractants like Honey Hole Trees and Turtle Traps. Honey Hole Tree Inc. also consists of Lake and Pond Management Professionals that are dedicated to finding the most economical solutions and strategies for your fish attractant and stocking needs.

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