Fish and Lake Management
An extremely informative section explaining how slot limits work, how stocking affects fishing, how bass use structure, and much more!
There ain't no fast-food-drive-through recipe for managing a pond naturally. Here's what we mean.
Bass anglers have mastered catch-and-release, but we should move into a new era of selective harvest for better management.
Improper harvest of largemouth bass ruins future fishing in more lakes, probably in all states, than any other cause.
Why do lakes have different fishing regulations? Here's how selective harvesting works.
That thin bass you just caught might not be diseased - you may have caused it! See what we mean inside.
For many pond owners, their chief challenge is putting weight on skinny bass. Discover how to fatten up your bass inside!
It's a shame to see a big bass in decline. It took a lot for that bass to get big. Here's how to keep that oldster fat and happy.
So to get big bass you cull fish selectively, based on your goals, right? Nope, that's just part of it. We explain inside.
So you need to harvest some fish from your pond. How much, how often, and what size range? We help you out inside.
Next time friends say their fishing trip netted only small ones, share the gospel about harvest. It will improve their fishing.
Moe Pond is a biological field station site, access is controlled, and it is off limits to most fishing...until now.
Tagging fish isn't something people do just for fun; it takes quite a commitment. But it can be valuable research.
This is a classic example of the inter-relationship between largemouth bass and bluegills in small impoundments.
Ever seen a clear lake, lots of small bass, and too much aquatic greenery? Here's how to solve that problem.
As the dock, lawn chair, nice temperatures and cool spring time beverage beckon, now is the time to catch some bass!
Look what you can do with a pond in northern climates. The surprising details are revealed inside.
So what is electrofishing and why do they do it? We give you the details inside.
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.
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.
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!
pH. We've all heard of it, but what do we actually need to know? We explain the critical factors 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.
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.
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.
Watch your pond. Learn the symptoms and you'll be able to identify potential problems. The more you learn the better your pond will thrive.
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.