HOOKED ON HABITAT

HOOKED ON HABITAT


The Fisheries Improvement Program was established
in the early 1990s and was designed and set
up to improve habitat in Lake Havasu.
The Fisheries Program contributes to opportunities
on the lake for recreation by offering over
800 acres of artificial habitat for fishing.
There are a lot of people that know where
it is and they fish it.
The BLM is committed to working with our partners
to ensure that the fish habitats are maintained.
The primary partners in the program are Bureau
of Land Management, U.S. Geological Survey,
U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Bureau of Reclamation,
Arizona Game & Fish Department, California
Division of Wildlife, and Anglers United.
The maintenance crew for Lake Havasu Field
Office is the operational support in executing
the Fisheries Improvement Program.
We put in artificial habitat and we augment
that artificial habitat with brush.
We receive the brush from the landscapers,
we use heavy equipment to off-load it from
their trailers and we put it on racks, we
bundle it and weight it with sandbags and
we load it on our boats.
The primary purpose of the artificial habitat
is to provide nutrients into the lake and
also to provide habitat for your fry to survive.
The bundles create structure and most game
fish like to hide on structure, some of these
fish require cover.
The volunteers throughout the years were responsible
for construction of the habitat and the actual
placement of the habitat in the lake.
We take the input from our biologist based
on how much brush is needed in each cove and
then we have to coordinate to physically get
the brush into the locations, a lot of times
we’ll have fishermen follow us into the
coves to see where we’re dumping the brush
and try to get an edge up on the other fishermen
and it’s kind of interesting.
Fishing in Lake Havasu at the present time
is probably the best desert lake in the country.
And so it has increased the productivity and
this is reflected in what people are catching.

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