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.
We wanted to know what are the impacts of introduced hybrid and pure strain Florida bass on the current largemouth bass population in a lake, but then this happened.
In almost every lake studied where largemouth and smallmouth exist, largemouth win. Every time. So why is this different?
A new study about largemouth bass spawning contains some novel ideas and a wealth of information that you should know.
This is what happens when you catch fish at the wrong time.
Where and how much habitat should you add to an aging lake? Well, it's complicated...
Daily fish population studies on the same body of water yielded these surprising results.
A detailed discussion about the influence of weather on water quality in sportfish ponds.
We sure have a lot to learn about fish, and no doubt telemetry will open our eyes to much more. Learn about it inside.
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?
Every body of water, every fishery, and every ecosystem has its limits. Your job is to think beyond the obvious and give yourself the best chance to win.
Whether you decide to go the free advice, do-it-yourself route, or if you choose to pay for management services, you must do this to be successful.
Once things settle, and you are ready to spend some time and effort on your flooded pond or lake, here's a checklist of what to do.
Most pond owners are thinking about this question, but in the overall process of planning, they tend to overlook several critical details.
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.
Fisheries management is a fine art. See how catch and KEEP, play a role in growing giant 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.
I'm still amazed at how all the math mixes with biology and chemistry to make sense of the art of pond management.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.