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In first phase of long-term project on Tonto National Forest lakes, AZGFD biologists sink fish habitat structures

Habitat is dropped into Roosevelt Lake Thursday, April 20.

PHOENIX – They are manmade homes for fish, some made of concrete, others of PVC, and like building a neighborhood, provide the architecture for sustainable life.

The first step in placing fish habitat into the central Arizona reservoirs took place on Thursday, April 20 at Roosevelt Lake with Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists dropping Fishiding HighRise structures made of environmentally-safe PVC to the bottom of Roosevelt Lake. These recycled items, 8 feet tall and excellent habitat for crappie, became the first fish homes. AZGFD plans to expand them into fish cities.

For anglers, this Tonto National Forest Lakes Habitat Improvement Project will result in better fishing for generations to come in the region’s most popular fishing lakes.

Ongoing improvements to Rosy

Also in April, Roosevelt Lake was stocked with 12,000 crappie fingerlings, as well as 25,000 4-inch Florida-strain largemouth bass for the third consecutive year. Roosevelt Lake also is above 70-percent full for the first time since October of 2011. The higher water level has flooded shoreline brush that provides more cover and habitat for spawning fish. The fish habitat improvement project includes placing multiple types of fish habitat around the lake at varied depths to ensure there is plenty of fish habitat available for when water level fluctuates.

Similar work is planned for other lakes along the Salt River chain and Bartlett Lake. The next planned step involves AZGFD biologists using a 36-foot pontoon boat to transport and lower heavier concrete fish habitat structures — critical to anglers’ fishing opportunities — into Roosevelt Lake.

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Fishiding HighRise Habitat Standing Tall in Arizona Reservoirs

It's begun! Some of our fisheries biologists began a Salt River chain-lakes habitat improvement project Thursday morning by dropping Fishiding structures made of reclaimed PVC materials to the bottom of Roosevelt Lake.Habitat is important for fish spawning, recruitment, growth, health and populations. These artificial structures attract bait fish, which then attract predatory fish for sport-fishing [...]

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Modern farmhouse for a modern family....with a pond and fish!

Our new clients Matt and Lindsay and their two adorable girls, take us through a step by step process of their farmhouse building adventure. Foundation is in and construction has begun, along with the one acre pond being excavated as well. We have some very happy fish coming and we are busy planning their new [...]

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TPWD collaborates on project to improve fish population at Proctor Lake with Fishiding and other products for the fish

Homer: TPWD collaborates on project to improve fish population at Proctor Lake Posted: Yesterday 9:05 p.m.0 CommentsBy Michael Homer Jr., Special to the Reporter-NewsIncreases in water levels are essential for restoring fish habitat and bringing local fisheries back to thriving after a period of prolonged drought. During droughts, fish can lose important habitat, which can render [...]

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Seneca Nation Project Update with Fishiding Habitat on Allegany Reservoir

  Seneca fishery grantShane Titus, Seneca Nation of Indians fisheries manager, explains the significance of the fish habitat structures being placed on the bottom of portions of the Allegheny Reservoir under a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant. The structures are made of scrap vinyl siding components, which promote algae growth and provide shelter for fish.Posted: [...]

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AZGFD’s habitat enhancements with Fishiding habitat gets green light to begin installations

A return to glory: AZGFD’s habitat enhancements coming to Salt River-chain lakesPosted in: News Media Aug 9, 2016 :  Fish take protection in underwater structure. This fall, the Arizona Game and Fish Department plans to use a crane on a 36-foot pontoon boat to sink fish habitat -- critical to anglers’ fishing opportunities -- into lakes along the [...]

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Allegany Reservoir habitat Project Update

Reconnecting 10 landlocked areas to the Allegany Reservoir improves resiliency for tribal community and wildlife10/21/2015Last edited 10/21/2015Contact: Rob Blumenthal (NFWF),, 202-595-2457 A $350,000 project to restore riparian buffer and reconnect 10 landlocked areas to the Allegany Reservoir improves resiliency for Seneca Nation’s tribal community and wildlife.In June 2014, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) awarded [...]

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​Artificial fish habitat or fish attractors, which do the fish need and why?

First off, let's not continue to confuse fish habitat with fish attractors. There are many substantial differences between the two and what each product is intended for. Both products attract fish, but only true habitat can grow more fish.    Under the Fisheries Act, fish habitat is defined as: “Spawning grounds and nursery, rearing, food supply [...]

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