Creating Habitat (fish cities) on Lake Vilbig

2017  

 

 

The Vilbig Bass Club hired Bob Lusk to manage the project.  The key players were Rick Huffman (Lake Vilbig project manager),  Bob Lusk & Zachary Peterson (Bob Lusk Outdoors),  David Ewald (Fishiding Reclaimed Artificial Fish Habitat), Mossback Structure, The ILA and the Vilbig Bass Club.

The Vilbig Bass club highly recomends Bob Lusk Outdoors if you are thinking about improving your fish habitat.

 

 

Pictures of the the structures



 

 

http://www.bobluskoutdoors.com/

 




https://www.mossbackfishhabitat.com


 
 https://www.fishiding.com

 

 

  How we did it from START to FINISH

Getting Started - Click on the link below to view how we got rolling on the project. This was the start in getting the lake mapped for habitat. Zachary Peterson created a habitat and structure map (see it on our maps page)
http://www.lakevilbig.org/survey10.pdf


After we had the lake mapped, Bob provided us several suggestions based on our unique lake environment. Click on the link below for the details http://www.lakevilbig.org/survey11.pdf


Zachary Peterson from Bob Lusk Outdoor worked with us to pinpoint 3 sites to enhance the structure. The below link goes into detail the reasoning and a final plan.
http://www.lakevilbig.org/survey12.pdf


In order to best utilize the available funding for the project, it was decided to create custom habitat ourselves for some of the structures and purchase other structure from Mossback. We reached out to many people around the lake for ideas. We also researched commercially made structures for information and ideas to design our custom structures.  We decided that many of them had excellent qualities. We built several prototypes and finally created the ones we liked the best.

One is a simulated Brush Pile, The other is a simulated Downed Log.

Bob Lusk's Team reviewed our design and made the recommendations for amount and locations for each type as well as Mossback structure.

We made 40 of the Brush Piles and 20 of the Downed Logs. All are to be place in reasonably shallow water. The Mossback structure will be placed in the deeper locations.

During this design period we experimented with some leftover vinyl siding that we had on hand. We contacted David Ewald with Fishiding Reclaimed Artificial Fish Habitat. He was very helpful with sharing ideas and knowledge with us.We purchased some of his product to incorporate into our custom design. We received the materials very quickly and we were pleasantly surprised that David had included about an extra 25% more than we had ordered.

 

 

Timeline

04-18-2016

Discuss options with Bob Lusk

 

Original stocking Plan

04-29-2016

Stocking plan to Jon Griffin

07-12-2016

Present Stocking plan to ILA Directors

07-14-2016

Discuss plan and map options with Bob Lusk

07-21-2016

Deliver Contour map to Bob

09-01-2016

Zach- map lake

09-13-2016

Map in Hand

 

         Review map VBC

09-21-2016

Meet with Zach to discuss updates to map

 

         Review map VBC

10-03-2016

Updates to Zach

10-04-2016

Receive Final Map

10-22-2016

Initial Recommendations for habitat from Bob Lusk

10-24-2016

Post Map to VBC website

11-01-2016

Discuss types of structure with Bob Lusk

11-01-2016

Update ILA Directors and request ILA help fund

01-26-2017

Identify 7 locations

02-03-2017

Deliver locations to Bob Lusk

02-16-2017

Present original prototypes to Lusk for review

02-23-2017

Lusk approval for prototypes

02-27-2017

Review custom to incorporate Fishiding materials

02-27-2017

Redesign prototypes

02-28-2017

Zach review and approves new version of Custom prototypes

03-01-2017

Receive text version of habitat recommendations

03-10-2017

Receive map version of habitat recommendations

03-10-2017

Order Mossback

03-20-2017

Establish April 29th as “Planting” date

 

Create custom habitat

04-21-2017

Pick up Mossback

4-26 to 4-28-2017

Stage all custom parts and build Mossback

04-28-2017

Reschedule “Plant” date for 4-30-2017

04-29-2017

Plant all habitat in Site 1, 2 and 3

 

 

SOON

Zach to submit recommendations for other areas

 

 

 

 

 Where the Fish Cities are located - X marks the spot

 


GPS perimeter of the structures




Site 1 details
http://www.lakevilbig.org/surveysite1.pdf

Site 2 details
http://www.lakevilbig.org/surveysite2.pdf

Site 3 details
http://www.lakevilbig.org/surveysite3.pdf



Full Map With Structure Details
http://www.lakevilbig.org/survey13.pdf





More Pictures (click on the link below):

http://s257.photobucket.com/user/lake_vilbig1/library/Lake%20Surveys/Fish%20City

 

 


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