Fish and Lake Management
An extremely informative section explaining how slot limits work, how stocking affects fishing, how bass use structure, and much more!
Fin clipping has several applications used for population studies in lakes. Learn more about it here.
Here is the blueprint of choice for good fishing and fond memories in a naturally managed pond.
Whether you've been flooded or are in the throes of record drought, what does that do to your fish?
Identify your box, look at each element in it and think about it at the next upward level. Here's what we mean.
What makes an ultimate fly-fishing body of water? Take a look inside to see!
Your pond is more than about fishing, it's about life. It's as though water demands truthfulness.
Why are trophy bass so few and far between to catch? Learn how to produce large numbers of lunker bass inside?
Understanding the roles of cover for different sizes of different species of fish will help you become much more productive.
It combines current science with common sense, to direct management actions. Here's what we mean.
We're headed into spring and water temperatures will begin to rise. How does that affect your pond?
How do bass use habitat to hunt and feed on prey? What you learn inside will make you a better angler.
Talked about by many and partially understood by few, this article explains the importance of alkalinity in sportfish waters.
How important are bass genetics to a fish's growth and maximum size? The surprising answer is revealed inside.
In addition to income, offering your private lake to paid fishing has additional benefits. We explain inside.
Here's step-by-step instructions showing how to prevent noxious invasive species from invading your lake or pond.
Adding adult bass to a fishery is a tricky proposal. Without habitat improvement and an adequate food chain, it might not work. Learn more inside.
How much habitat is needed to increase production of largemouth bass, either in terms of abundance or growth?
If fishermen do not follow through with management tasks required, then the fishery will not meet its potential. Are you willing to do what it takes to make your fishery thrive?
How can catching bass off beds increase the number of genetically aggressive, catchable fish? Find out inside.
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?
If you decide you want to tag your fish, follow these tips to get the most benefit from your efforts!
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? You might be surprised. Now we have scientific proof 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!
With a solid management scheme and some efficient management, you can create a thriving fishery... even in a tiny pond.
If you want to build a stomach pump to check your fish and match your hatch, here's how.
Crayfish in a lake - asset or liability? The best answer is, it all depends. Discover what we mean in this article.
This article delves into the tiny world of newly hatched fish. What's life like for a baby bass?
Why put protein pellets in your pond that bass may or may not eat? You'll find the surprising answer inside.
Most discussions about the food chain begin at the bottom. Today, we start at the top. We look at the largemouth bass.
Fertilizer feeds plankton which feeds little bugs which feed tiny fish which feed your larger fish and so on, right? Not quite.
Here's how to enhance and grow your gamefish populations in your pond using a surprising technique.
Why are threadfin shad the forage fish of choice for growing giant largemouth bass in private waters? Find out inside!
There are many myths and misconceptions about raising trophy bass in small ponds. Here are the facts to producing huge largemouth.
There ain't no fast-food-drive-through recipe for managing a pond naturally. Here's what we mean.
When fish are dying, it's often too late to solve the problem. But, here's a process to figuring this stuff out.
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.
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.
While your mini-pond serves a purpose in its own right, keep in mind it can be used to enhance other bodies of water on your property.
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!
Here's how you make sound decisions to stay proactive, especially if one of your goals is to grow big fish.
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.
Here's a quick and inexpensive method used to create and anchor habitat, namely brush piles in winter months in cold country.
Bass are predators. Construct a brush pile. They'll occupy it to ambush food or your lures! Learn how inside.
Designing and installing artificial habitat can be quite fun and rewarding, but may also feel intimidating. Here's how to make it easier.
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.
That black soil, stockpiled for lining a pond, was compactible. It was also fatal for fish.
Just because this stuff is complicated to you doesn't mean you shouldn't do it. Here's a simple approach.
Whether you want a gin-clear swimming pond or a monster bass honey hole, phosphorus plays an important role in your lake.
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.
Permit this indulgence, please, as we delve into some of the philosophical, spiritual, emotional, and physical aspects of this magical substance.
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 truly want to manage greenery, understand this fundamental truth, and then use the tools for the best choices.
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.
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.