Fish Habitats Along the Shoreline
If you're looking to draw fish to a specific area or increase populations, try enhancing the fish habitat in your area. An appropriate structure provides a home for fish, improves the lake's ecosystem, and is the building block for good fishing.
Consider placing the structure at various depths. Shallow water structures (less than 12 feet) provide a place for algae, insects, and small fish to flourish. Deeper water structures attract larger fish but don't increase overall numbers.
For additional assistance, contact the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
Items to consider before installation
- Bundled woody debris
- Submerged trees
- Native vegetation
- Mossback Fish Habitat™
- Honey Hole Trees and Shrubs
- American Fish Trees®
- Spider blocks
- Wooden pyramid
- Metal products (except cable needed to bundle woody debris)
- Environmentally harmful products
Bundled Woody Debris
Use cable or nylon rope with cinder blocks for anchors. Wrap the cable around the base of the collected debris or trees, weave the cable through the cinder block to the starting point and tie. Secure the cable ends with cable clips. Advantages: Cost, availability of materials (recycling Christmas trees).
Disadvantages: Potential loss of lures due to snags, deterioration over time.
Utilize cinderblock, concrete and black piping to make multiple spider blocks. Consider grouping a minimum of 5 blocks in a single location for a larger habitat. Advantages: Cost, less likely to snag fishing lines.
Disadvantages: Lack of protection for small fish, higher chance of theft in shallow water.