DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, along with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and several volunteers from local fishing clubs teamed up this fall to improve the aquatic habitat in DeSoto Lake. Over a two-week period, 115 20-30 foot eastern red cedar trees were cut, hauled, weighted down with concrete blocks and placed in several identified locations throughout the lake. These large evergreen trees should provide excellent long-term habitat for the aquatic resources in the lake.
The placement of the trees included placing 20 – 30 trees together in 10-12 feet of water to create habitat that fish will use for nurseries, cover and food. These locations will be marked on maps including GPS coordinates so that these sites can be located for angler use and fish survey work. With the lack of natural habitat large cedar trees are one of the best sustainable habitats that can be add to the lake.