Oh yeah, also the fish structures are the by products of cleaning up the land. We are removing old cattle fences and trash trees. Justin is running the mini excavator making piles of junk.
We will anchor each pile down with 5 gallon buckets full of rocks and concrete and will attach duck decoys to each pile to make sure we know exactly where they go down when the ice melts. Occasionally the ice will shift and this way we know where they all end up.
Also not all debris is suitable for structures. We burn the stuff that can't be anchored easily while we are cleaning up the land.
Growing big fish is only part of the equation. Strategically placing various kinds of structures really helps to locate the fish while out angling for them. You don't want to spread out deep water structure or you will spread out all your fish during certain times of the year. I like to bunch it up and make huge reefs to congregate schools of fish. Shallow water structures are different, they can be much more spread out.
Also of note, I took Jeff Lampe the owner of Heartland Outdoors out ice fishing to a secret location last week to help him catch a fish this winter. I write for Heartland Outdoors magazine monthly as well as write weekly on their website under the title Lake Doctor. Anyhow we blindfolded him going to and from the lake in order to keep the honey hole secret.
I knew it wasn't going to be easy for him to hook and land one of these big fish all by himself, but I didnt realize it was going to be that hard! We virtually stuck several big fish onto the end of his line while he wasn't looking only to watch them swim away with jig after jig. Definitely was old fishing line......
In the mean time Justin landed this pig:
Then I caught a pretty big fish as well:
Even the automatic fisherman caught a couple fish:
I yelled at him a couple times for staying in a bad hole for too long, and then yelled at him for horsing several big fish. Also yelled at him for using high visibility green line, and even yelled at him for not using the vexilar, but eventually the sun, moon, and stars lined up and it was mission accomplished! We fished for about an hour.