Echo Park Lake fish to take shelter under “Honey Hole Trees”

Photo courtesy of LA Bureau of Engineering

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.


  1. It would be great if the excellent new cafe that ends up into the boathouse, sold fishing licenses and rented fishing rods.

  2. Where do i start with this blopper that propostion O has come up with. I have been attending propostion O meeting for a long time and I have yet to see this person by the name judy raskin at a propostion O meeting talking about wildlife. I have raised the question sevral times about fish spawning grounds that where put in the 80’s that would help our year round fish spawn (reporduce). The ”honey holes” are simply just for habitat they dont help fish to spawn so that we can have a year round fisherie. I am still waiting for project managers to return my calls with some answers to my questions.

  3. Vincent,

    I just read the minutes from the meeting July 30 and you are more than diligent in your concerns and it is a true shock how disregarded your concerns (which reflect more than a personal desire, asking for the wildlife and community well being to be preserved and kept safe) have been.

    I’ve read your posts here and elsewhere and it’s sad to me no one is taking more interest or voicing along side you. WHAT IS UP WITH THAT.

    Here are those minutes, I urge everyone to have a look and raise the awareness while the project is still ongoing.

  4. Support Vince and others in these efforts — current word is DFG — California’s Dept of Fish and Game — plan to only dump in trout in cool months, catfish in warm.

    The hatchery trout will be yanked out in days if not hours, and never spawn. Catfish may take up residence, if there is somewhere for them to reproduce — as Vince indicates, spawning beds are needed.

    There is no word on reintroduction of kids’ fish, panfish: bluegills, sun fish, crappie and others Echo Park was once famous for.

  5. any idea why we need plastic tree branches (honey holes)? any reason why regular (organic) tree branches wouldn’t do the same thing? pretty sure the city has a lot of those on hand. btw, what would spawning grounds entail?

    • Where do I begin? this looks like a bad school project made into a bigger scale.

      Levi to answer your question spawning grounds are places on the lake bottom are to ecourage fish to spawn so as to be able to keep up with the fishing that will happen yearround. Thats if they dont just put the common 2 trout and catfish which are sterilized and cant reproduce.

      There are many other questions and concerns you should try to take a bit of your time and attend the next meeting so you can ask them and see what kind of stupid answer they will give.

  6. Generally, spawning beds need gravel, not sterile lake bottom. Species also may need specific depths, not bottom of a lake.

  7. Fishing in a man made pond is a goofy feel good waste of taxpayer dollars.

    Every six weeks, fishers will line up and empty the “lake” in two days and then they will spend the next 40 days catching what few other species that end up living in the lake.

    These well intentioned honey holes are all but irrelevant as the fish will be fished to extinction. We might as well put the fish in a literal barrel and rent out shotguns.

  8. I fished EP lake a lot before it was drained. I am disappointed that some of the big largemouth bass will not be replaced. It was a fun place to fish even though the lake was full of trash. I do intend to transplant bass from other lakes to EP when it opens.

    It is also true that after a stock people scalp the lake. No catch and release just catch and keep anything of any size.

  9. My name is Kevin swan I am 50 years old I learned to fish at echo park i have watched this renovation happen 3 times in my 5 decades of life the first two times the blugill,crappie,catfish,bass and carp all replenished very well especially the blugill,bass and thecrappie the lake looks very nice this time but the people who renovated the park didn’t take time to findout the history of the fishing at the I’m sadend to know that the Only fish they put in are dfg plant fish I will stand by your side in any forum that will bring back the great innercity fishery that echo has been for allmy 50 years of life I am a original from the echo park ducks fishing club help me help you get back the way it use to be so my kids kids can have a great fishing experience at echo park thank-you for my voice.

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