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Adaptive Management of a Prominent Recreational Fishery

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Aug 17, 2017


Written by Industry Expert Vic DiCenzo, PhD, Fisheries Biologist

Laremouth BassLakes and ponds contribute substantially to society by providing recreational opportunities, water supply, flood control and power generation. These multiple purposes often challenge lake managers, as different stakeholders have different goals and expectations. Successful management of fisheries resources requires a thorough understanding of fish populations, fish habitat and the users of those waterbodies.

Lake Monticello is a 352-acre recreational lake in central Virginia that was impounded in the late 1960s. This private community is home to approximately 13,000 residents who desire that Lake Monticello has a healthy and sustainable fishery. An initial fisheries assessment of the water quality, habitat and fish populations was conducted in 2014 to determine the current status of the fishery.

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Fisheries Projects

Creating a Trophy Fishery: Tiger Muskie, Largemouth Bass & Hybrid Striped Bass

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jun 27, 2014

AS SEEN IN Pond Boss Magazine, May/June 2014: Written By Industry Expert David Beasley, Lead Fisheries Biologist

Creating_a_Trophy_Fishery_-_Pond_Boss_-_Dave_B_-_MayJune_2014_cAcross this nation are some truly magnificent properties where man has utilized nature’s offerings and helped mold and create a truly spectacular setting. Located in a remote area of West Virginia, completely off the grid with the exception of a land line, is such a property. This place is stunning. Entering the driveway on my first visit, it was apparent this landowner has great vision. At that time, the property had four ponds bordering a par three private golf course that plays as a nine-hole course, even though it has three greens. There is a live, vibrant stream meandering through the property, adding ambience and character to the outdoor feeling of serenity. The main house has a modern, yet rustic touch that ties to the mountain backdrop a few feet out the back door. Adding to the distant landscape is a large national forest bordering the property, providing countless benefits, both esthetic and ecological.

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Topics: Fisheries Projects, Published Articles

Creating a Trophy Bass and Muskie Fishery in WV, Part 4

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 15, 2013

Blog Series, Part 4: Pond Completion and Fish Stocking

Written by Industry Experts Aaron Cushing and David Beasley, Fisheries Biologists

In the summer of 2013, we began working on another fun and exciting project, this time in southern West Virginia, helping to design a trophy fishery from start to finish. To take advantage of this and other unique opportunities we decided to share the story, showing each step in creating a healthy pond with a trophy fishery.

In Part 1, our Fisheries Biologists focused on resetting and redesigning the lake, through electrofishing and heavy construction.

In Part 2, we drained the lakes, removed the fish, started installing fish habitat and continued construction of the lake.

In Part 3, we completed the installation of the habitat units and added gravel spawning areas as well as several directional fish feeders.

Part 4:
It has been about a month now since we completed the habitat installation and connection of two small ponds to the main lake. The new 15 acre lake is almost filled with fresh creek water and is ready for fish stocking.

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Fisheries Projects

Creating a Trophy Bass and Muskie Fishery in WV, Part 3

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Oct 11, 2013

Blog Series, Part 3: Habitat Completion, Fish Feeder Installation and Continued Lake Design

Written by Industry Experts Aaron Cushing and David Beasley, Fisheries Biologists

We recently began working on another fun and exciting project, this time in southern West Virginia, helping to design a trophy fishery from start to finish. To take advantage of this and other unique opportunities we decided to share the story, showing each step in creating a healthy pond with a trophy fishery. 

In Part 1, our Fisheries Biologists focused on resetting and redesigning the lake, through electrofishing and heavy construction.

In Part 2, we drained the lakes, removed the fish, started installing habitat and continued construction of the lake. 

PART 3: Following the draining of all the ponds, the physical characteristics and bathymetry of the new lake were shaped to favor the new trophy fishery, and more steps were taken to prepare and improve the 15 acre water body. The new expanded portions of the lake will be shallower, providing areas preferred by largemouth bass and tiger muskie (a sterile cross between northern pike and muskellunge), with several deeper open areas favored by the hybrid striped bass.

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Fisheries Projects

Creating a Trophy Bass and Muskie Fishery in WV, Part 2

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Sep 27, 2013

Blog Series, Part 2: Fish Removal, Habitat Installation and Continuing Construction

Written by Industry Experts Aaron Cushing and David Beasley, Fisheries Biologists

We recently began working on another fun and exciting project, this time in southern West Virginia, helping to design a trophy fishery from start to finish. To take advantage of this and other unique opportunities we decided to share the story, showing each step in creating a healthy pond with a trophy fishery. 

In Part 1, our Fisheries Biologists focused on resetting and redesigning the lake, through electrofishing and heavy construction.

Part 2: Things are moving along pretty quickly with the preparation and construction of our West Virginia trophy fishery and there were several new developments this past week. More steps were taken to prepare and expand the existing 5 acre main lake and combine with smaller ponds, creating one 15 acre water body. The new expanded portions of the lake wll be shallower, providing areas preferred by largemouth bass and tiger muskie (a sterile cross between northern pike and muskellunge). 

HM Lake Construction 3

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Fisheries Projects

Creating a Bass and Muskie Trophy Fishery in WV, Part 1

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Sep 20, 2013

Blog Series, Part 1: Resetting and Designing the Lake

By Industry Experts Aaron Cushing and David Beasley, Fisheries Biologists

We recently began working on another fun and exciting fisheries management project, this time in southern West Virginia, helping to design a trophy fishery from start to finish. To take advantage of this and other unique opportunities, we decided to share the progress, as it happens, through a series of blogs, emphasizing the importance of each step in creating a healthy pond with a trophy fishery. We welcome you to follow us in our journeys!

The West Virginia trophy fishery project began with an initial electrofishing study of a 5 acre pond. Electrofishing provides important data that will greatly influence fisheries management strategies and is key to determining current population dynamics. The results of the study revealed an unbalanced heavy predator-to-prey ratio with high numbers of stunted largemouth bass and very few forage fish. The lake itself was lacking proper dense habitat for forage fish and large structural habitat for predator fish.

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Fisheries Projects

SOLitude And Fishiding Design Habitat Projects With Young Fishing Teams

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 23, 2013

North Augusta Border Bass Invitational Fishing TeamThe first Annual North Augusta Border Bass Invitational is set for March 2, 2013 at Wildwood Park Landing, Appling, GA. There will be teams of students from middle and high schools in GA and SC that promote the sport of fishing and resource conservation through education. North Augusta Fishing Team (NAFT) goals are to promote environmental conservation and efforts including Tournament Fishing and getting kids off the couch, away from TV and video games, and getting them outside to fish and enjoy the great outdoors. After all, our youth are our future!

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Topics: Fisheries Projects

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