“Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! By the way, could I please have your Christmas tree?”
Christmas trees make great habitat for many species of fish, and besides, why let them go to waste after Christmas is over?
Sinking Christmas trees in local lakes and ponds is a great way to make a fish structure. Let’s discuss the steps you will need to take in order to efficiently sink some of these fish magnets in your local fishing hole!
- Finding trees is relatively easy. Simply pick out a neighborhood and drive through it. Many people will have put their trees up by the side of the road, awaiting the local garbage pickup.
- Depending on how many trees you wish to collect, a small trailer may be necessary. You can usually fit anywhere from four or five trees in the back of a pick-up, but a small trailer will allow you to collect in excess of 20 trees.
- If driving around local neighborhoods isn’t your cup of tea, many communities will have a designated Christmas tree drop location. These are excellent for collecting several trees in one short trip.
Once you have your trees, there are few other items you will need.
- A roll of wire and a good pair of wire cutters are a must.
- You will also need several cinder blocks. Usually, one block will sink one tree, but some of the larger trees will require two blocks to take them dow
- Make sure that the water is the correct depth to cover the top of the tree by no more than four to six feet. If you don’t have a boat, wait until the pond is frozen over with at least six inches of ice. Drag your tree with the attached cement block to the place you want it to be. When the ice melts, your tree will sink to the bottom
Now you are all set. Simply secure the cinder block to the tree using wire and find your desired sinking location.
If sinking Christmas trees doesn’t appeal to you, but you still want to create fishable habitat in your local lake or pond, artificial fish attractors are the way to go.
Another solution for attracting fish is an artificial tree habitat such as the Honey Hole Tree Fish Habitat. A great alternative to Christmas trees, the Honey Hole Tree is made entirely from environmentally friendly polyethylene and includes weights suitable for most locations.
Unlike the Christmas trees, the artificial fish attractors will not biodegrade and will provide you with years of fishable habitat.