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!
There are several motivational factors you need to know in order to have a snowball's chance of growing huge largemouth bass.
What do trophy bass prey on? How much do they eat? The surprising facts are revealed inside!
What are the key components in the quest to grow giant fish? You might be surprised. Find out inside!
Florida-strain bass always produce trophy lakes, right? That depends. Sometimes it's a hindrance.
How do I stock a small pond? How should I manage it? Here's solid advice for ponds smaller than an acre.
Discover how anglers unwittingly destroy their favorite lakes, ponds, and streams every year. You may even be one of them!
Let's step back for an academic lesson in fish growth today. What are the biggest influences on the growth rates for fish?
While there is a lot to consider for stocking bass, these two studies emphasize that two critical requirements are...
It may be better to have smallmouth bass without largemouth present in your lake. The reasons are revealed inside.
How many fish should you buy? And what size? We tell you, and save you about $300 in the process!
As tempting as it may be, resist the urge to catch sunfish and toss them into your favorite pond to "help" the bass grow.
Fish have complex social behaviors, and we're just now starting to understand them. Here's some amazing facts on bluegill reproduction.
There's a variety of management scenarios to consider when using smallmouth bass. A great article for pond owner and angler alike!
Is stocking fingerling bass stressing your wallet? There's a better way. Here's how to raise fish on a budget.
Part three in a series that reveal how to grow huge smallies. Learn how tiny eggs become a group of free swimming baby bass.
The final article in a series that reveal how to grow huge smallies. We reveal how to grow trophy bass inside.
Learn what limits your lake to produce fish. Is it the water? Is it habitat? Once you figure out what it is, do something about it.
Can smallmouth survive and grow in a Texas pond? Look inside to discover the answer!
Catfish in general may not be as glamorous as bass, but they can play a positive role in a pond management program.
Studying the genetic diversity of largemouth bass helps you understand what happens within the populations of the species. Learn more.
If you choose to use pike in your lake management plan, be prepared to take corrective action. It won't be easy.
Tony Stewart needed some guidance how to build habitat, structure and cover to create the best bass lake he can have.
See how one company is defining a new cutting edge paradigm in pond and lake management.
Every lake has its own needs, and consistent management is essential to maintaining the best possible fishery. Here's the key to success.
Before building your pond, take time to plan. 30 days of homework pays off at the bottom line. Planning helps ensure project success.
Before you begin building, read your maps, shoot elevations, check your soils. Discover what this means inside.
You've explored maps, elevations and dug into the best soils for collecting water on the surface. Now let's talk dirt.
You've made your plan and mapped out the area. Now, it's time to get the shovel and turn some dirt. The real fun begins.
Building a pond or lake is a delicate balance of engineering, biology, business and art. Here's how to achieve that balance.
If you intend to clean out a pond, and remove silt, follow these steps for a successful renovation.
If you're a pond owner and hope to raise giant bass, you need to create an environment in which bass will thrive. Here's how!
Here we relay the actual process of developing a sand/gravel pit into a northern pond. We're pretty darn happy with the results too!
Roust yourself from the hearth. Your best summer of fishing could begin to take shape right now.
If you find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed by the season, bundle up and visit your pond for a few minutes. Here's why.
If you'll do these things, the spring won't sneak up on you quite as fast. Plus, your pond will give thanks to you.
Largemouth bass under ice tend to focus more on small food items. I have iced some very impressive largemouth on ...
Just because it's winter time, don't think there aren't a few things you can do for your pond. We reveal them inside.
What causes a winter fish kill? Find out inside, and learn how to prevent winter fishkills in your pond.
There is no better time to pay attention to pond safety than in winter. You only have a few minutes to escape hypothermia.
Too many folks think they can simply add some Christmas trees in the lake bottom and all things become good. Think again.
If you really want to get serious about setting out brush piles, here are some valuable tips that will help make your project a success.
Here's an effective tool for pond owners that can manage nutrients and improve fish survival and growth-rates.
What color is your lake or pond water, and is it bad for the fish? It depends. The revealing answer is inside.
Off-color water is a common problem among pond owners. Here's how to fight it, and not harm the fish in the process.
How do pH levels affect fishing? How much oxygen do our fish need? Learn that and more inside!
What's All This Troph' Stuff About, Anyway? The more you understand how this stuff works, the better angler you will be.
Fish can live in different types of normal conditions. But, when normal changes rapidly, watch out.
Let's look at three important components of water quality: pH, temperature and oxygen, and how they affect fish.
Water shortages are likely to become the major environmental and natural resource crisis of the 21st century. Learn more inside.
Once you understand how a wetland ecosystem works, you can start thinking about how to make it better.
Diagnose quickly, based on the symptoms. Either you have environmental issues involving your water quality or the food chain of your fishery.
What causes a fish kill in a lake or pond? Is it preventable? Discover what you can do to prevent fish kills.
Balance is critical to the aquatic ecosystem. Without a balanced environment your pond or lake will suffer.
Is the money spent on research and recovery of endangered fish justified or should we just let them go extinct?
What causes winter fish kills, and which fish species are most vulnerable? The answers are revealed inside.
Let's examine a pond micro-ecosystem and see how it relates to your lake, and discover how you can help Mother Nature.
Why do lake managers poison a lake using rotenone? How do sport fish and wildlife benefit from such a drastic measure?
Non-native aquatic plants tend to dominate a reservoir, to the detriment of the entire ecosystem.
If you plan to deal with runaway aquatic plants in your lake or pond, you have to know what you are dealing with.
Got runaway vegetation? Better act now. By July or August, it's tough to safely deal with obsessive greenery.
You can manage it...so long as you learn about it. Discover tips and tricks the pros use to control algae inside.
Take care that you do not inadvertently add fuel for your next algae problem. We explain inside.
When it comes to taming the toughest challenges, filamentous and blue-green algae, there's a new treatment method available.
Do you have bubbly, green, smelly scum floating on the surface of your pond? Discover what it is and how to fix it inside!
Beaver, nutria and muskrat - all three may compete with fish and visiting waterfowl for aquatic food and cover.