Quality fish structure is necessary for fish reproduction, growth, feeding, and shelter.
Fish Structure vs. Fish Cover
"Structure" refers to the topographical components of a lake, including creek and river channels, points, flats, humps, and submerged roadbeds. From a fishing perspective, structures are areas where there is a variance in the depth or the contours of the bottom, and these changes can range from subtle to dramatic. "Cover" refers to objects associated with these components, including submerged logs, standing timber, stumps, rocks, weeds, and boat docks. Structure often has cover on it — a point may have a rockpile on the end; the top of a hump may be covered with weeds; a creek channel may be lined with stumps. Structures are a big factor in fish habitat and therefore certain types will concentrate certain fish. It is recommended to have approximately 8 fish structures per acre.
You can weigh down and sink old trees or brush into your pond. These create some great structure for your fish. Gravel beds can provide a spawning habitat for fish. Bass, Crappie, and Bluegill will all spawn by building beds or bowls and laying their eggs inside them. This will keep the eggs compacted in one area which will help the adult fish to guard against turtles and other predators. Eight to ten piles per acre should be put in with approximately 3 gallons of rock per pile. The piles should each be at least 4 feet apart. Some people use pallets for fish structure. They form the pallets into the shape of a triangle, securing them together and then weight them down with a concrete block. You can fill the center portion of the pallet structure with limbs and branches.
An effective way to concentrate fish and make them easier to catch is by adding fish structure to your pond. Some tips for fishing structure include working jigs along the bottom and around the edges of structure which can catch several species of fish. However, anglers should not just concentrate on the bottom (whether using jigs or not). You should consider trying lures to work other depths around the fish structures.
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