Introducing Reel Weeds in AquaHabitats and AquaCulture arenas provide an environment in which fish feel comfortable living, nesting and reproducing. Numerous stock ponds are now stocked with Reel Weeds to aid in providing structure, refuge and controlled aquatic management.
Use Reel Weeds in private stock ponds, rearing ponds, backyard ponds or lakes that require much needed nesting and/or protective habitat.
Reel Weeds for AquaHabitat™ are available in 4 foot and 6 foot length packs of 50 and are manufactured with quality and environmental safety in mind. They contain no wire, dye, or any other harmful residuals or bacterial absorbent qualities. Each comes with a clip on bottom for easy attachment.
Ease of Use, Ease of Removal and Longevity
Reel Weeds are a leading solution for AquaHabitat uses because they are easily deployed and can be easily removed after spawning, unlike other fish attractors on the market that are often left in lakes year-round, and do not remain intact for long.
Working to address the unpredictable perch population in a glacial lake, officials from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department authorized a pilot program initiated by LaDredge Outdoors. In coordination with the South Dakota State University (SDSU), the groups placed 250 Reel Weeds™ structures in five areas throughout the lake.
Within 43 hours of deploying 250 Reel Weeds™ structures, 14 perch egg masses appeared. As water temperature increased in April, another 204 egg masses appeared in the next seven days. By the end of the spawning period, researchers found 247 egg masses on Reel Weeds™ structures. Each adult perch egg mass contains approximately 25,000 eggs. The custom design of Reel Weeds creates perfect adherence ability for the egg.
Dr. Dave Willis of the SDSU Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences tracked the progress of the research. “I was not surprised by the yellow perch using them,” he said. “I was surprised by the sheer number of egg masses on the Reel Weeds™.”
Willis said the biggest benefit of Reel Weeds™ is the product’s ease of use, ease of removal and longevity.
Read More: Jumbo Perch Reproduction Project [PDF]
PondBoss.com's "Reel Weeds - For Real!" Article on Reel Weeds™ for AquaHabitat
This article detailing the success of the Reel Weeds AquaHabitat project is featured on South Dakota State University's website as a resource for the Department of Natural Resource Management division.
If you are interested in discussing projects to increase the structure and habitat in your pond or fishery, contact us. We are happy to work with you to answer any questions and/or assist you in designing a Reel Weeds™ habitat project.
When all was said and done of the fish we caught, 85% or more came from holes that were drilled within ten feet of the Reel Weeds. Coincidence? I think not.Deitz Dittrich and Paul Waldowski
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