Honey Hole Nursery
Increase Survival Rates
The Honey Hole Nursery is the only habitat available that provides 100% escape cover for newly hatched fry. The Honey Hole Nursery will greatly increase the survival rates of your forage species, reducing the need for supplemental stockings. As predators approach, the fry are able to move quickly and safely through the mesh and continue feeding without interruption. This allows them to survive the first critical weeks of life where typically 98% of most fry are consumed. Protecting fry initially will supply more available total biomass as the season progresses and increase recruitment for next year's spawning class.
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The Honey Hole Nursery Provides the Most Protection for Your Fry
This habitat combines Honey Hole Grass stems inside a mesh enclosure: the Grass stems accumulate periphyton, which is an important food source for fry, while also providing cover, and the mesh creates a “predator-free” safe haven. To get the very most benefit from the Honey Hole Nursery, place it in water 2 to 3 feet deep, near potential spawning areas, but away from regular fishing areas. Be sure to use the marker float and rope that are included to help locate these structures. This will help you avoid snagging the mesh with lures and disrupting the fry.
Habitat for Early Lifes Stages in Shallow Water
By combining Pond King's Honey Hole Grass stems inside a mesh enclosure, the Honey Hole Nursery quickly accumulates periphyton and attracts fry into its safe haven. The Honey Hole Nursery provides the most protection you can buy on the market for your newly hatched fry.
The Honey Hole Nursery is ideal for:
- Fisheries looking to increase the recruitment of forage species.
- Reducing the need for yearly supplemental stockings.
- Water depths of 2 to 3 feet.
Each Honey Hole Nursery Includes:
(1) Mesh Enclosure, (4) 24 in. Honey Hole Grass Limbs, and (1) Marker Float & Rope.
When you order a multi-pack, all the units will nest inside each other and ship in one box.
The Honey Hole Nursery ships free via ground within the continental U.S.
Honey Hole Nursery Specs
If you’ve purchased a single Honey Hole Nursery, there’s no assembly required – just attach the marker float to the top of it using the included rope, and place it in the water!
If you purchased a two pack, there are two tops included. Since the units are nested, one is slightly smaller than the other, so each top has a designated body. The tops and bodies are marked with colored stickers. Match up the colors and set the correct top on the correct body, aligning the sticker on the body with the sticker on the top.
- Pull the bodies apart. The Grass limbs are already attached to each of the bodies. Remove the loose zip ties holding the leaves together.
- Holding the top a couple of inches above the body, reach in and “fluff” the limbs/leaves of the Grass stems to your liking, pulling the leaves through the holes in the top.
- When you have the leaves where you want them, lay the top on the body and attach starting with the seam side. Count over 2 squares from the seam and attach the top to the body using one zip tie. Do the same on the other side of the seam. Repeat with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th straight sides.
- Continue attaching the rest of the top by attaching 3 zip ties in between each of the straight edges. You’ll use 20 zip ties per Nursery. If you wish, clip to remove the long ends of the zip ties and discard.
- Finish by attaching the marker float to the center of the top using rope - cut to the desired length for the water depth.
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Recommended Depth for Usage2' - 3' Surface Area/Volume3.7 cubic ft. Product Height2' Product Footprint2' x 2' Product Weight6 lbs. Leaf/Limb Count32 leaves/4 limbs
Why is fish habitat so important?
Fish like cover. They either go to it to feed, or they go to it to avoid being eaten. Submerged vegetation is valuable as habitat for predatory species like Bass or Crappie and for forage species like Bluegill. Pond King’s fish biologists designed the Honey Hole product line to augment or replace naturally occurring aquatic vegetation to attract game fish (the fish that use cover as ambush to help them feed) and protect forage fish. Our artificial fish habitat is designed for pond and lake owners to help with fish population management.
Why use artificial fish habitat instead of natural vegetation or cover?
Natural vegetation can be difficult to control for a two primary reasons;
- Vegetation can take over the environment,
- Structure can, and almost always does, decay.
It’s not all that easy to manage naturally occurring habitat. Our fish habitat is intended to provide an effective and affordable alternative to natural cover types for a variety of purposes and objectives. All of Pond King’s artificial fish habitat is safe for the environment, reduces the likelihood of snagged lures, is easy to assemble and deploy, and doesn’t decay, and you can find it using your fish finder so locating your honey hole season after season is a a snap.
Is there any assembly required for the Honey Hole Artificial Fish Habitat?
The Honey Hole Grass, Reed and Dock Dropper all ship fully assembled. The other Honey Hole products require some minimal assembly, which can easily be done in your shop or at your pond, but never with any toxic glues!
Is it hard to install the Honey Hole Artificial Habitat?
Absolutely not! The Honey Hole, and the Honey Hole Reed, Brush and Grass can just be tossed into the water from your boat or the shore. You just drop the Dock Dropper from your dock (as the name implies), secure it to your deck and you are good to go. The Honey Hole Canopy requires just a little more effort; you just have to attach it to a weight (not included), and then drop it the water.
Is the Honey Hole Artificial Fish Habitat environmentally safe?
All the Honey Hole artificial fish habitat is made of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and is designed to be assembled without any toxic glues or adhesives, so yes it is safe for the environment. In fact, given that it doesn’t degrade overtime and minimizes the number of lures snagged that land on the bottom of the lake or pond, some might even say our artificial fish habitat is good for the environment.
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Other Artificial Fish Habitat
- HDPE with added UV inhibitor is highly resistant to degradation from exposure to sunlight, temperature extremes, and acidic or alkali conditions.
- Environmental degradation causes PVC to become brittle, and long term structural integrity of PVC habitat in shallow aquatic environments is problematic.
- HDPE and LDPE used are biologically inert materials and are the same type of plastic approved by the FDA for use in the food storage industry.
- PVC is a mixture of vinyl chloride and phthalate based plasticizers, and other additives; many of which are suspected carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.
- Only clean, environmentally nontoxic, durable material is used to construct Honey Hole Artificial Habitat. LDPE is sourced from virgin material free from contaminants.
- The manufacture, use and disposal of PVC is not "green." The release of dioxin - a persistent and highly toxic chemical - occurs during synthesis and incineration.
- HDPE is source from recycled factory re-grind material verified for environmental safety and quality, to reduce unnecessary waste and promote sustainability.
- PVC can contain biocides that are designed to deter microbial growth which may negatively affect bacterial diversity in biofilm that accumulates on submerged artificial habitat constructed from re-purposed PVC products.
How should I decide which Artificial Habitat to choose?
Use this Artificial Fish Habitat At-a-Glance chart that shows the ideal depth and placement for each type of artificial fish habitat. If you still have questions, give us a call at (940) 305-0490 and our fisheries biologist can help you decide.
What’s the difference between the Honey Hole Live Series and the Refuge Series?
The major difference is that one series is designed to mimic natural “cover” and the other to serve as an alternative to natural “structure.”
- The Live Series, with its dual colored leaf variation, dynamic movement, and structural complexity, is designed to imitate cover. In fact, it is the only artificial fish habitat on the market that imitates the dynamic movement and structural complexity of natural cover like aquatic vegetation and brush. Flexible limbs that move with current and natural appearances are part of each of the five different offerings within this artificial habitat line.
- The Refuge Series, with its internal protective space and external habitat that provides cover for fish at various life stages is intended to replicate “structure.” Although the products in the Refuge line are very similar to the natural structure sought by both juvenile and mature fishes as shelter, they are all constructed of flexible, snag-resistant limbs that never need to be replaced.