Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Upgraded Fish Habitat in Grand Lake

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Upgraded Fish Habitat in Grand Lake

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and City of Grove have joined hands in order to improve the fishing on Grand Lake.

Work started last week at Honey Creek State Park boat ramp, the place where ODWC fisheries biologists and technicians pieced collectively new fish attractors to sink into Grand Lake.

“If you get into these aging reservoirs, like Grand Lake made in 1938, you have got little or no natural habitat left.,” stated ODWC Northeast Area Fisheries Supervisor Josh Johnston.

 That’s the place Mossback Fish Habitat comes to rescue, an Arkansas organisation that builds synthetic fish habitats.

“It is all 100% recycled PVC,” stated Mossback Fish Habitat Proprietor David King. “We wish to take stuff that might normally be going to landfill as well as reuse it, particularly for fishing as we are all enthusiastic about fishing and making fishing better for everyone.”

Johnston stated the corporate gave ODWC a reduced price to make up for what is lacking underwater, like bushes and brush. He stated about 250 fish attracters are currently in water within the space near Honey Creek Tuesday.

“You require a few of these [artificial] trees the place you used to have standing timber or stuff that had fallen over,” stated Johnston. “[They’re] one thing to take the place of larger trees and they are going to be more on the points in 10 to 14 ft of water.”

Needed Shade and Shelter

Johnston stated the attractors will give fish required shade and shelter. They usually will last many years longer than natural hardwood.      

“This thing is really tough, so it is going to develop periphyton and algae. Sediment will gather on this and develop stuff. So it is gonna attract small fish, baitfish, as well as your larger fish,” stated Johnston.

Bluegill, sunfish, bass, along with crappie are the primary species that may use the brand new habitat. Johnston stated it’s difficult to say if the brand new habitat will enhance the general fish inhabitants, however stated it’s going to increase the inhabitants within the areas where they positioned the habitat.

Johnston plans to analyze how fish in Oklahoma use the Mossback attractors however leads to a different research with promising outcomes.

“The State of Florida worked with Mossback and put a few of these out they’ve reported not solely do they attract extra fish than the natural habitat by their natural trees they put out, however they’re additionally attracting larger fish,” stated Johnston.

The objective is just not solely to draw extra fish but additionally extra anglers.

Additionally he stated,“I hope our angler success goes up due to this and if that’s the case, we are going to attempt to do much more of this.,”

And for the anglers, there is one more bonus to Mossback Habitat.  

“It is going to go down and appear like a tree. However you are not going to get hung on it along with your hooks,” stated Johnston.

Johnston stated Grove donated $5,000 for the project. Then ODWC added $15,000 to that utilizing sport fish restoration funds, which comes from a federal excise tax.

“We spent no angler {dollars}. What we spent was matching {dollars},” stated Johnston.

The areas of the brand new habitat ought to go on ODWC’s interactive map quickly.

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