Fish Habitat Selection Guide

Submerged vegetation is valuable as habitat for predatory species like Bass and forage species like Bluegill, but natural vegetation is sometimes difficult to control. The Pond King Honey Hole artificial fish habitat provides similar features of submerged vegetation without the concern that it will take over your system or deteriorate over time. Deploy this artificial fish habitat once, and you’ll be creating your own personal Honey Hole for years to come.

Artificial fish habitat that’s good for the environment

When choosing which brand of fish habitat you are going to put in your water, consider these two things:

  1. What is the habitat made of?
  2. Does it provide enough cover?

Many artificial fish habitat manufacturers use PVC to make their structures, but PVC breaks down over time, releasing dioxin and other toxins as it degrades. Honey Hole artificial fish habitat products are made from high- and low-density polyethylene (HDPE/LDPE), which are biologically inert materials that have been approved by the FDA for use in the food storage industry. When you install Honey Hole Artificial Fish Habitat, all you’re adding to your pond is cover for your fish.

Which leads to the second key consideration: Does the habitat you are adding actually provide enough cover? When you look at the density of limbs or leaves, can you imagine it harboring juvenile fish from the larger fish looking to feed? Or can you see a healthy largemouth bass effectively ambushing its prey from the cover provided? Does the habitat offer sufficient usable square footage to accumulate periphyton? This bacteria, fungi, rotifers, and filamentous algae that collects on the habitat provides food resources for macro invertebrates and juvenile fishes – which in turn help produce lunker bass.

Choose the right artificial fish habitat to achieve your goals

To develop the best habitat enhancement strategy, there are several things you need to consider when selecting your artificial fish habitat: your pond’s depth profile, its size, and what species you are trying to target. You also need to determine what you are trying to accomplish: Are you looking to improve your catch? Or are you looking for a more long-term change in your prey to predator ratio? Or do you want to provide more cover for your juvenile fish?

Whatever it is you are trying to accomplish; Pond King has a Honey Hole artificial fish habitat that will deliver results. All of our fish habitats are environmentally friendly, easy to install and non-deteriorating. They are also the only products on the market that imitate the dynamic movement and structural complexity of natural cover, but are less likely to snag your lures than naturally occurring habitat.

You can use this handy Habitat-At-A-Glance Chart to help you decide which product is right for your situation. If you need more help, give us a call and talk to one of our “fish-guys.”

Early Stage / Shallow Water

These products are designed to provide forage and game fish with the best chance at survival during their earliest life stages in shallow water. 

Juvenile Stage / Moderate Depth

These products are designed to provide juvenile fish with cover as they venture out into deeper water. Flexible limbs that move with the current and replicate the appearance of natural aquatic vegetation and brush are the hallmarks of these artificial fish structures. Your forage fish will primarily use it to hide and feed on the periphytons, while your game fish will use it for both cover from larger prey and for ambush opportunities.

Adult Stage / Deeper Water

This habitat is intended for use in deeper water. It will provide cover from predation for forage fish and ambush opportunities for the game fish. This habitat is also important during the hottest and coldest months of the year. 

Each of our Honey Hole products serves a specific purpose and you can mix and match these fish structures to create the ideal habitat to accomplish your goals given your pond or lake profile. See our Honey Hole Artificial Fish Habitat comparison chart or call to talk to one of our biologists to create your own personal Honey Hole. They can help customize the perfect habitat package for your pond needs. Make sure to take advantage of our Buy More, Save More deals — exclusive savings on multi-packs of Grass, Brush and Reed. We also offer bulk discounts for larger orders. Contact us for more information.

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