Middle Georgia Habitat Enhancements

At AES we know money does not grow on trees. Clients come to us because we know how to use their money efficiently and wisely. Harvest and habitat are a client’s best tools to manage their lakes. Today’s job took us to Forsyth, Georgia to implement a artificial and natural habitat enhancement project. The client wanted to use MossBack artificial habitat kits while also taking advantage of shoreline trees. The shoreline trees were dropped then dragged out slightly so they were not an eye shore. The property owner wants to keep the aesthetics¬† while also helping out his bluegill population. Later this fall he will be getting several fish stockings so it was critical we create as much habitat for the future bluegill population.

Josh selecting which trees are to be cut.
Alders made up the bulk of what Josh was cutting.
Alder trees make great habitat because they are easy to cut and regrow in a few years so they can be cut again.
The Stihl making easy work of the alders.
Lashing the alders with rope and cinder block is the last step before we dragged them out.
Trees with green leaves hold more fish than trees with just a few branches remaining.
One of the bigger trees Josh dropped.
Once the naturals were done we moved on to artificial MossBack kits. These Reef kits were placed in five to seven feet of water to provide good structure for fishermen.
Loading these kits can be tricky. They are not heavy but awkward.
We always give clients GPS points but today the client requested decoys so he can see the habitat locations while on the water.
Deploying the units is the fun part. Place a 8x8x12 cinder block on the base to ensure the unit sits on the bottom evenly.

The team wrapped up just in time as the mid-day heat rolled in after an early start. Habitat projects are great chores to get done on your own property during winter and summer. It would be a shame to be lashing trees together in the spring while the biggest fish of the year are ripe to be caught. If you have questions about a habitat project coming up give the office a call and we can help you out.