A well-managed pond can be an extremely productive fishery. When it comes to outdoor activities for kids, a pond has great potential for constant success in kid fishing. An important part of pond management is the fish habitat or structure, which can be a variety of elements such as aquatic vegetation, man-made reef material, or submerged trees.
The fish habitat doesn’t just focus the fish on the angler’s success. The extra underwater surface of these submerged objects will soon cultivate algae. This can boost the food chain and increase the productivity of the entire system.
Fish structures like a fallen tree or aquatic vegetation can serve as a place where smaller fish can hide from predators. Another post-Christmas tradition may be to submerge the evergreen as a DIY fish habitat. However, it works in every season. Maybe you finally pruned the lower branches that hit you in the face on the mower. One of your family activities, then, could be bundling string and a brick to sink into a strategic spot in your pond. Hardwood limbs actually last longer underwater than evergreen ones
Channel catfish are usually kept in ponds, but they need some kind of cavity to spawn. This can be an artificial fish habitat, like a section of a large diameter pipe or an old milk container, or just a hollow log. Fathead minnows are often stored for food and require the underside of the structure to spawn.
In addition to fishing, people also like the look of a pond. In addition to the soothing views of the water, many enjoy watching wildlife use the pond. If you’re looking for some home activity, consider adding a large log or two to your pond for a water feature. Tree trunks attract the attention of wildlife such as sun turtles and frogs, ducks and other birds.
Fish habitat can be a huge asset to a pond. Plus, a Christmas tree can do a pretty good fight against the line of light.
Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating from OSU with a degree in zoology, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and Michigan.