|A fallen pine tree creates shelter for schools of small bluegill which attract |
largemouth bass and other game fish. (c) Eric Engbretson
Every time there's a storm and trees get blown down in our yards, we respond right away by picking up the brush and debris and quickly cutting up the fallen trees and branches with chainsaws to restore our yards to their pre-storm state. This is fine to do in your yard, but if you have lakefront property, it's one of the worse things you can do near the water. Trees, large and small that fall onto our beaches or into our lakes due to storms or natural decay are one of the most valuable habitat elements for fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians. We're tempted to remove the trees to return our shorelines to a state that resembles Waikiki Beach, but when we do, we're robbing the lake and it's inhabitants are critical elements that enhance fish populations.
|Even small trees or branches in shallow water provide critical habitat elements|
for a wide variety of fish. (c) Eric Engbretson
|Trees that fall into lakes are magnets for crappie and |
other panfish. (c) Eric Engbretson
So, one of the best ways to actually create terrific fish habitat in our lakes is simply not to destroy or remove the habitat that is naturally made by nature when trees are blown down in storms.