|Published 17th Nov 2011|
Members of the Sportsman’s club are at it again, enhancing their lake with more long term habitat.Teamed with Fishiding, 56 units of all varieties were dropped in a key area adjacent to spawning grounds. About 10 shallow Cradle models were sunk in 3-5 feet of water, with a line of Safehouse structures leading out to deeper water.The Cradle model consists of hundreds of fine strands of reclaimed PVC designed to give fry and baitfish areas to grow and hide from predators.When the fry have adequate habitat, they are given time to grow to the preffered size of 4-6 inches before venturing out into deeper water to become forage for predators.
The key is to make sure there is a continuous line or “tree row” of habitat from shallow spawning grounds out to deep water.
If the fish have to swim from shallow areas out to deeper cover without cover to hide in, they get eaten prematurely, or before growing large enough to best benefit the larger predators like bass,walleye, crappie and musky.
The club members clipped structurespot markers to each unit as it was dropped, to see where each one lands to ensure the continuous coverage.
When all units are installed, they took some pictures to refer to the shape and design they created.
After the pics, they simply pull the clip free on the structurespot markers and wind them up to re-use.
The Safehouse models were installed from about 5 feet deep out to 8 feet and deeper where a huge cluster of the largest Keeper models were dropped.
Algae begins to grow immediately in this dark, fertile water and the club will be fishing over them this winter through the ice.
To date, over 125 fishiding units have been installed, with more being put together by members, donated by fishiding.
Wonder Lake, at 830 acres, is the largest private lake in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Through many different fund raising events, the club stocks fish twice a year as well as building and installing over 100 Wood duck houses, maintaining them and even video recording the hatching of chicks too.
Anual lake cleanups, fish shocking suveys, carp derbys and kids fishing events are just a few of the things the club does for the lake and the community.