Winter is an important time to prepare your lake or pond for the coming spring and fishing season. Whether trying to maintain a balanced pond with a healthy ecosystem, or looking to reduce mosquito larva populations, it is important to have refuge for small fish. Proper hiding places will give small fish a better opportunity to survive long enough to reproduce, resulting in well-needed recruitment. Unfortunately, this important process can be disrupted when eradicating unsightly vegetation in ponds. An ideal way to help fish populations maintain balance while meeting the goals of aesthetics and pond health is to provide small fish with additional sources of cover.
The most efficient and long-term habitat enhancement solution is to use material that will not decompose over the course of a couple years and is designed to harbor small fish. Using concrete, rock and pvc materials, pond owners can provide small fish with proper refuge to thrive without the need for vegetation. Some man-made product lines that provide great cover are the Fishiding and Moss Back products. Depending on goals, each type has its advantages. Man-made structures are a great tool that should be considered when maintaining a balanced ecosystem or a large population of small fish to consume mosquito larvae. The greater number of small fish within a pond, the healthier the ecosystem and the fewer mosquito larvae that will make it to adulthood.
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