|Newly placed, this Fishiding High Rise model towers 12 feet off the lake floor and will soon become a haven for fish in lakes where natural cover is at a premium. (C)Eric Engbretson Photo|
Artificial fish habitat structures are becoming more popular today. They're being used more and more, especially in large southern reservoirs devoid of important structure fish need. Fish managers have traditionally placed bundles of Christmas trees or cedar trees on the lake bottom to try to provide cover for fish. While effective, the lifespan of tree bundles or brush piles is limited, so replenishing them has always been an ongoing and expensive process. Today, artificial habitat structures are gaining popularity because they don't decay or deteriorate.
Of all the outfits manufacturing artificial habitat, David Ewald's Wonder Lake, IL company Fishiding, is ahead of all others, at least if you ask the fish, which is what David does. Ewald has recently introduced his latest models: The High Rise. Ranging in height from 8 to 14 feet, these new designs are the only artificial fish habitat on the market today that incorporate the vertical element. They tower off the lake floor and provide legitimate structure for fish, unlike his competitors who largely manufacture small and short structures that are inconspicuous to fish and do little to provide them with the kind of cover they're looking for. The vertical dimension used in Ewald's High Rise models gives fish a range or depth at which to stage, and mimics the effectiveness of sunken vertical timber.
Ewald's company, Fishiding sells a variety of different fish habitat structures that continue to evolve. The reason for this is repeated testing. Ewald monitors test structures over time and modifies them based on how fish respond to them. The prototypes that don't attract as many fish are retooled and modified until they do or even scrapped altogether. In effect, the fish vote, and new habitat is designed based on the observed preferences of fish. No other artificial habitat structures are custom made for fish preferences the way Fishiding is. When Ewald learned about the often overlooked but highly important vertical dimension, he got to work designing new models that would address this important fish preference and give fish what they want. The result is his High Rise line of structures. "Fishiding's artificial fish structures are designed not by what we think will be effective, but what they fish tell us they prefer", says Ewald.
For more information on Fishiding structures or the innovative High Rise models, click on this link, or go to http://www.fishiding.com/