Creating Fish Shelters


Fish shelters or “attractors” can be made from many different materials, anything from PVC to logs to plastic barrels.  The purpose of a fish shelter is to provide a place for some small fish to escape predation and attract fish for anglers. Some small (forage) fish must be availalbe for game fish such as bass and catfish to eat, but some small fish must also live to sustain the forage fish’s population in your lake.

 Fish shelters provide safe zones for small fish. These structures should be at a depth of 2 to 6 feet. Discarded Christmas trees and cedar trees make excellent shelters, but make sure you anchor them to the bottom. Stake beds (stakes driven into the bottom), rock piles, and tire reefs are also good fish shelters. Usually only one reef is placed for every 1 to 3 acres, and no more than three per acre.

And it’s true what they say, if you build it they will come!

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