Fish Habitat Designs
Material Listing & Approximate Cost:
Spider Blocks Water Depth Placement:
7-12 ft. depth
Spider Block Placement Density:
15-25 Spiders per Acre
Design Plans for Blue Gill Ponds
Below is an ilustration of the recommended Blue Gill Pond.
This Pond provides optimum shore line to have youth and their families fish for bluegill.Blue Gill Pond Illustration.png
Minimum depth for sustaining warm water species like bass and panfish is 10 feet.
NOTE: The entire pond need not be this deep, but unless 25 to 50 percent of its surface area lies at such depths, the pond will not provide the right amount of dissolved oxygen in winter and range of temperatures in summer that fish need to survive.
If your team requires additional information they may want to contact Robert Sousa, a member of BSA National Fishing Task Force and veteran of many years of service with US Fish and Wildlife, can provide much more insight on this design if your team decides to go forward. Bob is a passionate Scouter, and understand the value of getting Cubbies their "First Catch".
Jamboree Fish Food Recipe
Equipment needed: 1 large 10 gallon mixing tray and 2, 5 gallon buckets
Ingredients: Corn meal, Bread crumbs, Whole corn, Fish chow
1. 24 Cups of fish chow into bucket
2. Get 1 bucket of water from the lake
3. Pour water into fish chow until it starts to float
4. In another bucket/tray pour 7.5 lbs of bread crumbs
5. Add 8 lbs of corn meal into the bread crumb bucket/tray
6. Add 4 cans of corn and mix all ingredients in the bucket/tray
7. In the first bucket stir the fish chow until it forms a mash
8. Pour fish chow into the bucket/tray of corn, cornmeal, bread crumbs
9. Mix all until the all dry areas are mixed in and has no dry pockets
10. Form the mixture into baseball sized balls
11. Throw balls into the area being fished and cast into the cloud
12. FISH ON!
The fish chow can be any floating version.
The key is to soak the food in a tub or bucket with water then mash it so that the food becomes a type of slurry. You can add sweet corn at this point. Whether you drain fluid or not doesn’t matter unless the mix is really watery or seems dry. If it seems wet then don’t add anymore fluid, Dry go ahead and put the fluid in. Do not put too much water on the food so that it just becomes a runny fluid.
Next add plain breadcrumbs to the slurry. Add enough so that it starts to bind and you can form balls.
This combo fills the water column with various types of oily particles from the fish food and the fine slow falling breadcrumbs. Chopping some worm into the mix will help with attracting fish. Maggots make them go wild.
Depth is important:
Shallow areas: 5 ft or less require less bait and smaller balls (golf ball).
Deeper areas: 5 - 15 ft is ideal (baseball size)