When a cleaned up and remade Echo Park Lake reopens to the public next year, park visitors will be greeted with new wetlands, walking paths, replanted Lotus Bed and a renovated boathouse. Even the fish will be met with a new underwater sight: plastic, tree and shrub-shaped “fish attractors” with hundreds of flexible limbs. These artificial fish habitats known by the brand name Honey Hole Trees and Honey Hole Shrubs are designed to attract fish and, eventually, the anglers that like to catch them.
Echo Park activist Judy Raskin, who has been tracking the lake project’s impact on birds, fish and other animals, found out more details about what the new Echo Park Lake has in store for fish besides cleaner water:
Katherine Clark of the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering said 36 Honey Hole Trees and 48 Honey Hole Shrubs will be installed throughout the lake. Each tree will provide a 6 foot x 7 foot area of cover and each shrub a 32” inch x 6 foot area of cover. They will be placed in the configuration recommended by the manufacturer as the most effective to allow the fish to swim through the devices and create a surface area for algae and eggs to attach to. They are made up of a polyethylene cone or base and have 80-90 flexible polyethylene limbs.
Brian Young of the California Department of Fish and Game said the DFG’s Fishing in the City program would resume at Echo Park Lake next year. Catfish and trout will be stocked every six weeks or so (the exact date is never announced). All persons over the age of 16 must have a fishing license; applications are available at sporting goods stores, such as Big 5. Reduced rate licenses are available for seniors and disabled persons.
Why are the fish attractors called Honey Hole Trees? Among anglers, a honey hole is used to describe a favorite fishing spot.