For many people, one of the biggest attractions of owning a pond is being able to fish in it. Whether you like to fish with your friends, kids, grandkids, or by yourself, it’s always exciting to reel in a big one. But sometimes it can be difficult to know where those big fish are hanging out. The good news is that you can build a habitat that will attract those big fish!
What is a Fish Habitat, and How Does it Work?
Fish habitats are structures that you place in your pond to attract fish. They can be easily made by placing logs, trees, rocks or synthetic habitats into your pond where you want the fish to congregate. The habitat will begin to grow a thin film of beneficial algae, which attracts benthic organisms (little creepy crawlies), which feed on algae, which in turn attract smaller fish who feed on benthic organisms. Structure creates a perfect area for those smaller fish, providing food and cover, and will inevitably draw bigger fish (who feed on the smaller fish) nearby, waiting to make a move.
What are the Benefits of Using a Synthetic Habitat?
Synthetic fish habitats are composed of a weighted plastic base and numerous polyethylene “limbs”, which imitates natural fallen trees or buried bushes. When placed in the water, it sinks to the bottom to imitate a natural log, shrub or tree.
Unlike trees or logs that you might place in your pond however, synthetic fish habitats will not decay, which means that you will always know where the best fishing is, plus you won’t have to continuously replace them. They are lightweight and easy to install in your pond. Late winter or early spring, while the ice on your pond is still thick enough to walk on safely, is the perfect time to install a habitat. Simply carry the habitats to wherever you want to place them in your pond and leave them on top of the ice until the spring melt, at which point the habitats will sink to the bottom of the pond. During the summer, you can easily transport the habitats with a small boat. The weighted bottom will make sure that the habitat sinks right side up.
These fish habitats are also ideal for fishermen, because the polyethylene limbs will not snag lures and lines as you reel in the lunkers.