Using Christmas trees for fish


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Over 1500 Recycled Christmas Trees Take On New Life as Fish Habitat

Northeast Ohio team effort results increased fishing opportunities

MAHONING COUNTY, OH – A collaboration of many northeast Ohio organizations has led to enhanced opportunities for northeast Ohio anglers, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The ODNR Division of Wildlife partnered with the ODNR Division of State Parks & Watercraft, the Mahoning County Green Team, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Berlin Office), the Youngstown State Bass Club, and the Mohawk Valley Bass Club in order to recycle over 1,500 Christmas trees as fish concentration devices.

“Recycled trees serve as excellent structures to attract a variety fish species. They are readily accessible, they mimic the natural habitat which has decomposed in many northeast Ohio lakes over time, and they are free to due to the collaborations we have established, saving valuable fishing license dollars. That way, we can spend such income on other important projects,” said Matt Wolfe, the project supervisor for the ODNR Division of Wildlife.

Lake maps and a Google Earth file are available to show interested anglers the locations of these structures. Contact Fish Management, Wildlife District Three in Akron at (330) 644-2293.

To locate the structures:

Mosquito Reservoir, Trumbull County

220 trees in 10 to 13 feet of water; approximately 450 feet off of north break wall, center of reef N 41o 18’ 36.8” / W 80o 45’ 39.2”

220 trees in 10 to 13 feet of water; approximately 700 feet off of south break wall, center of reef N 41o 18’ 32.7” / W 80o 45’ 35.5”

Berlin Reservoir, Mahoning & Portage counties

400 trees total in 10 to 20 feet of water; out from Bonner Road launch; N 41 o 2’ 7.2” / W 81 o 0’ 26.4” To N 41 o 2’ 11.7” / W 81 o 0’ 20.5”

400 trees total in eight (8) to 20 feet of water; across from Sheriff’s launch; N 41 o 0’ 30.0” / W 80 o 59’ 33.0” to N 41 o 0’ 23.9” / W 80 o 59’ 22.8”

300 trees total in six (6) to 10 feet of water; off of Bedell Road near bridge; N 41 o 0’ 27.0” / W 80 o 59’ 13.3” to N 41 o 0’ 22.7” / W 80 o 59’ 12.2”

All coordinates are in degrees, minutes, and seconds. Please have your map datum set to NAD83.

The goal of this project is to introduce structures into the waters of northeastern Ohio in order to improve fishing opportunities for anglers. To view pictures of the structure placements, visit the Wildlife News page at wildohio.gov.

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ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

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