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Fish Habitat Enhancements
Iowa DNR Fisheries staff use many habitat enhancements on Iowa waters to improve your chance of catching fish. They build some enhancements on the dry or frozen bottom and place others from a boat in existing water. Each habitat enhancement has its own limits and benefits that are usually focused on a specific species, season or type of fishing. Common enhancements are tree piles, rock reefs and mounds, spawning attracting areas, stake beds, benched jetties, bank hides and others.
Where these enhancements are placed can vary widely. All depths and locations can offer benefits to many species during some time of the year. A site is chosen based on a many factors such as the natural bottom contour, where fishing would be best to avoid conflicts with other activities, siltation, behavior patterns of the desired fish species, as well as any other concerns. Branches from brush piles are sometimes left exposed to help anglers find these submerged locations. Habitat structures placed in deeper water offer shelter during summer months, and structures placed in the deepest areas can provide excellent cover for winter panfish.
Lake and Watershed Construction The Department of Natural Resources Lake Restoration Program (LRP) helps restore impaired lakes to improve the quality of life for Iowans. Communities, such as the Iowa Great Lakes Region, Storm Lake, Creston and Clear Lake, are rallying around their water resources as they seek population growth and economic success.
Diamond Lake, Dickinson County