Initially, young fry hatch, feed, grow and mature in the shallow water habitat they are spawned in. They then begin to move deeper, as they grow and mature, into these ultra important, transition scaled depths and cover types. Habitat that is a bit more open, but plenty of tight spots to get inside and hide when needed.
Variety of densities, wide and thin, short and tall, combine to add the complexity these fish are looking for. These little guys are food for the others and only a few inches long. They still need to be really careful to not get eaten by larger predators at this stage. Bass especially, prowl the outside edges of dense cover, trying to get inside and catch a meal. Let us help you put together a custom layout and habitat design, specifically to fit your needs and save!
When these "teenagers" begin to explore their deeper surrounds, the best case scenario, is some sort of protection and cover to follow out to deeper water. Creating a "roadway" of habitat from shallow to deep will provide this important transition, mid depth habitat, needed by virtually all species. Without this important line of concealment, the smaller fish can get picked off by the predators looking for a meal as they explore waters beyond their shallow spawning areas. Same idea as a tree row for game, they need something to follow and try to be concealed. Habitat products standing from about 36 inches tall up to about 60" tall, are considered the mid depth/transition models for average depths of four to ten feet deep. FREE SHIPPING!
As fish mature, it takes bigger meals to put on weight and bulk. The largest fish in any food chain will utilize mid depth and transition cover to ambush larger prey. Most lakes have some sort of secondary break line, dropping off into the lake basin. This becomes the central highway, a key area to install larger, mid and deep water habitat. These units create massive shaded limbs, angles and hiding spots for bigger fish to hunt.
Another great option for you fish protection in mid depths is our new Legacy habitat mats or the even heavier and larger, Modular habitat mats. These units offer a super wide and heavy platform to hold together a much larger group of cover.
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The larger the area of habitat and cover you provide, the larger number of fish it will be able to support using it at one time. We recommend at least three habitat units of any type be used in a group, although seven to ten will hold dozens of large fish and forage. Experiment with varieties and layouts to offer the fish the most choices on any given day. Allowing the limbs to just touch each other during installation, lets the smaller fish stay protected as they travel the transition cover out to the depths.