Iowa County Conservation would like to thank Big G for donating Christmas trees, as they have done for many years now. Currently, Gateway Pond (the old sand pit) has a lack of structure; the sandy bottom is flat like a shelf, offering no protection or habitat for fish. The Iowa County Conservation staff put together structures with old pallets, mulberry trees, and the Christmas trees from Big G, sinking them with blocks from various park buildings that have been tore down over the years.
The fish habitat that was recently added by the staff is marked with a buoy in the northwest corner of pond. The structures aren’t quite close enough to cast to from shore, but even if you don’t have a boat or ice fish, it will still be helping with the overall fishing quality in the pond. Look for more buoys in the future, as we will be putting more fish structures in various locations around the pond.
Want to give your pond a little more structure? It is suggested to sink mulberry and osage orange/hedge apple trees to provide the desired habitat. These two tree species are some of the longest lasting under water and they are commonly found along fence rows where they typically need removed anyway!
Check out the pictures from the interesting couple days of adding fish structure to Gateway! Also, if you are interested in more ideas to help your pond habitat, check out the DNR’s website: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/About-Fishing-in-Iowa/Habitat-Lake-Projects.