Fish and Lake Management
An extremely informative section explaining how slot limits work, how stocking affects fishing, how bass use structure, and much more!
Whether you want a gin-clear swimming pond or a monster bass honey hole, phosphorus plays an important role in your lake.
Let's discuss the smallmouth bass! Habitat, growth rate, diet, catchability, and more!
How many bass should you protect? How many, what size, should be harvested? The answers are revealed inside!
How do you maintain quality big bass in a lake? Make bold moves like Ray Scott! The results are big, bold bass.
Ever caught a skinny bass followed by a big bass a few casts later? What's going on?
Overcome the emotions associated with harvesting a fish. Do yourself, and your lake, a favor.
If fish are too thin or too plump for their length, it should mean something to a biologist or pond owner. Find out inside.
Is catch and release always a good thing? Simply stated: No. We reveal the surprising facts inside.
Overcrowded largemouth bass populations are the number one problem biologists encounter. Here's how to recognize overpopulation.
If you want your fishery to survive, and thrive long-term, the most important concept to embrace is selective harvest.
Should I keep this fish or put it back? For some people, the answer is obvious. But is it really that black & white?
Start using tags to learn more about your ponds and lakes ... it should be one of the best tools in your arsenal.
How can you tell how old a fish is? Growth information is more difficult obtain. However, its value is correspondingly higher as well!
Does high fishing pressure negatively affect bass? Now we have scientific prooof that dispels the myths!
How does summer heat affect the fish in your mini-pond? You might be surprised. The facts are revealed inside.
What will you find when you electrofish a pond? You might be surprised at the variety - and size - of fish!
Discover how biologists use information gleaned from electrofishing to grow bigger bass!
What activity or duty in pond management is most often overlooked? A panel of leading fisheries managers gave us their replies.
Humans rely on a calendar, but nature doesn't always oblige. Here's some interesting insights that will make you a better angler!
Don't think lunkers can exist in tiny ponds? Here's how to grow bass in even the smallest of ponds!
You will become a better angler if you know how each forage species lives, eats and reproduces.
How do bass get big? It's all about balance and harmony. Discover the secret from this well designed and thought out pond!
A good population of gizzard shad and an effective fertilization program can help your bass realize their full genetic potential.
Are there downsides to adding shad to a small pond? There can be. We reveal what they are inside.
Trout may be the perfect food for largemouth bass. Here's why and how you should feed them to bass!
For some, growing that trophy bass within their own private waters, is as important a part of the process as actually catching it.
While there's no guarantee what you do will work, here's three shining examples where good lake management has paid off.
Habitat, Food Chain, Genetics and Selective Harvest. Solid fisheries management. Here's how to put it all together.
To grow really large, largemouth bass, it takes warm water and great forage that overlap in habitat with those bass, right? Maybe not!
How can you tell a Florida strain bass from a northern? It's that simple. We reveal the details inside.
Fisheries science is as much art as science, maybe more. Here are stocking strategies to create fish populations in harmony.
Is it ok to catch fish and move them to another lake or pond? Do your homework. You'll live with your decisions for a long time.
Here's some fascinating and significant thoughts about the factors affecting fish growth.
Can you both manage both largemouth and smallmouth bass together in a pond? Discover the answer in this article.
A certain percentage of fish die each year regardless of whether any were harvested by anglers. So what is normal?
Are you doomed to have a bass pond where bass are eating just bass? The best bet for bass forage is...
A sunfish that can reach several pounds and won't overpopulate? Wow! Learn more about this fiesty fish inside!
For many pond owners, spring brings the excitement of stocking fish. Here's how and when to stock your pond.
If you choose to stock your pond with adult bass, do so carefully, in small amounts. Here's how.
Part I in a series of articles that reveal how to grow some dandy smallies. Here's how to raise and manage trophy smallmouth.
Part four in a series of articles that reveal how to grow huge smallies. We tell you what it takes produce nice-size juvenile bass.
Let's explore the biology, habitats, behaviors and several myths about the glorious smallmouth bass!
Yep, you can have a pond full of smallmouth bass in the deep south. Complete details are revealed inside.
It appears managing pumpkinseed may be an effective tool to enhance smallmouth size structure, but...
Introducing a new species to a lake may have negative effects on growth, reproduction, and abundance of existing bass populations.
Pumpkinseeds, Perch, Pike, Bluegill, Walleye, Smallmouth, and largemouth bass. What is the right balance in a northern lake?
From land purchase to fully-stocked pond, here are the successful steps a pondmeister took to create the pond of his dreams.
Imagine a private lake designed by Ray Scott as the centerpiece for an exclusive world class fishing club.
There's a lake in North Carolina setting the pace for cutting edge technology for nurturing a budding bass lake.
The design of a pond can be more important, and just as tricky, as the actual construction phase.
Discover how one man went from a dream, to having his own private pond stocked with monster bass.
When it comes to building a pond, know your goals, then find those people most helpful to get you where you want to go. Here's how!
Before building that pond, make sure you understand the impact to things other than just what has fins and gills. We explain inside.
The final details are critical - reading and fine tuning existing soils, and building the proper fish habitat.
Pay attention to siltation. Pay attention to the entire watershed. The watershed influences your lake, your pond and its life.
Hot summer months can be the best time to fix maintenance issues that seem to plague too many landowners.
Almost anything can be made to work, so long as you plan for it, budget for it and see it to completion. We show you how inside.
Thoughts of winter dissolved oxygen (D.O.) levels and winterkill are never far from our minds. Can it be prevented?
Want a contour map of your lake or pond? We are going to lay a grid over the top of your pond, kind of like a checker board.
As we move into the throes of winter, make sure your lake is healthy. Here's how.
There is no better time than winter to start planning for your pond. Besides, it helps beat cabin fever.
Fish don't hibernate, but they don't move around a lot, either. They'll feed, but most fish in cold water need...
Prevent fish kills with this interesting tidbit in the continuing saga of winter super-cooling in northern ponds.
Discover what happens to fish during ice over, and learn what size lures you should use for some great winter fishing!
Take local materials and put them to use in your pond to create the perfect fishing hole. We tell you how inside.
Consider using discarded Christmas trees as a source of fish habitat. Here's how to do it right!
Bass are predators. Construct a brush pile. They'll occupy it to ambush food or your lures! Learn how inside.
Gin clear water seems devoid life. So why can you catch bass in super-clear water? We reveal the answer inside.
Wind and wave action or excess rain can roil your pond, creating muddy or cloudy water. Here's how to clean it up.
How do you choose the fisheries consultant and fish supplier you can trust? Here's how to avoid costly mistakes.
pH. We've all heard of it, but what do we actually need to know? We explain the critical factors inside.
Appropriate nutrient levels in natural systems are an essential part of the formula. So just what is "appropriate"?
Bass populations react to changes in the watershed. Discover how a healthy watershed can contribute to a healthy fishery.
Knowing what water chemistry you have helps you understand what you and your fish need. Here's what you need to know about pH.
When a flood happens or a long term drought comes along, your pond or lake is affected. Fish die...or grow. Learn more inside.
What's that blemish or worm on the bass you just caught? Is it sick or diseased? We explain inside.
When you see dead fish, it's too late. Here's a brief water quality primer that explains the nature of fish kills.
What does the hottest part of summer do for, or to, a lake? A fish kill is possible if you don't read this!
When water absorbs more than it should, bad things happen. We reveal how to prevent it inside.
How do oxygen depletions occur in your lake? At what point to fish start to die? Discover the answers inside.
Destratification can save your fish population. Discover how you can prevent sudden and devastating fish kills inside.
If you must aerate an old pond, exercise caution. Quite by mistake, you might start a devastating fish kill.
Think deeply about your decision to eradicate your lake. Here's some hints how to make that decision less gut wrenching.
Even well managed ponds can be victimized by several species of invasive plants. Here's how to control them.
This little primer on aquatic plants can help you manage your pristine puddle or that fabulous bass fishing lake.
Recently, the Feds released an impact statement that will guide development of a nationwide management strategy.
Spring is here, summer is looming and for those of us that manage lakes and ponds it's time for the annual battle with algae.
Pond owners and anglers must guard against yet another potential fish-killer - golden algae. Learn more inside.
Summer blooms can quickly kill fish if not kept in check. Learn how to identify the warning signs inside.
Fertilization is a bigger concept than simply running down to the local co-op, buying your favorite fertilizer and tossing it into your pond.
We explain how to properly use copper compounds to combat this nuisance in this article.
Here is a five-day youth camp which puts leadership skills and wildlife conservation into perspective.