Use Your Christmas Tree to Make Underwater Habitat

Don't throw away your Christmas tree at the end of the holidays. Drag it onto the ice along with some hardwood limbs broken off during winter storms. This brushpile will sink in the spring, providing gamefish with cover and forage, and you with a secret honey hole.

Never drop hardwood limbs that still have their leaves, which collect silt the way a Hoover collects dust. And cut branches from your Christmas tree to supply gamefish with holes to hide in.

Use large limbs, and make sure branches stick up at angles so that cover will extend upward from the bottom for several feet.

Bundle trees and limbs together with rope and attach it to a cinder block or two to keep them from drifting out of position.

Note: This practice isn't legal in every state.