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    Should I Stock My Pond with Threadfin Shad?

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 20, 2020

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    Written by Paul Dorsett, Fisheries Biologist

    When asked to choose my favorite species of fish, Threadfin Shad is always the first thing that comes to mind. Threadfin Shad play an incredible role in many fisheries as a prolific prey species and their high fecundity (ability to produce lots of offspring) makes them an especially attractive option for stocking. Not only do they occupy a unique ecological niche, they can also provide an exciting angling experience by altering the behavior of predators.

    Threadfin Shad are primarily pelagic, meaning they inhabit the open water, rather than the areas near the bottom or the shoreline. They travel throughout their environment in large schools—almost like a single organism—with rhythmic movements reminiscent of flocking birds. When pursued by predators, they will “pop” along the surface and easily lose bright silver, golden or blue-green scales into the water column, which causes further confusion to their pursuers, which include Hybrid Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass and Crappie.

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    Topics: Fisheries Management

    The Pros and Cons of Supplemental Fish Feeding

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 18, 2020

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    Written by Logan Cowan, Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist

    Throughout the country, small ponds serve a variety of uses in our communities. Biologists help manage ponds for aesthetics, recreation, and stormwater collection—as well as for trophy fishing. Establishing a trophy fishery can be a complex endeavor that requires many tools and strategies to support the goals of the property owner. Supplemental feeding is one of these important tools, which is often essential to establish and maintain a productive fishery. However, the success of a supplemental fish feeding plan can depend on a variety of factors. Before implementing a fish feeding program, it’s important to confer with a professional Fisheries Biologist about the expected benefits and potential undesirable impacts.

    Supplemental feeding with a high-quality pelleted fish food is a cost-effective technique to increase forage production. Feeding forage such as Bluegill and Golden Shiners can improve Largemouth Bass growth and condition. Depending on the unique goals and characteristics of the fishery, managers may also opt to feed Largemouth Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass instead of the forage base. No matter the approach, automatic fish feeders can be highly effective at providing consistent feed and attracting sportfish, including catfish and Rainbow Trout, to specific locations for improved catch rates.

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    Topics: Fisheries Management

    Utilizing Electrofishing to Develop and Manage Your Fishery

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 10, 2020

    Written by Dylan Kwak, Wildlife and Fisheries Scientist

    Unlike management of deer or bird populations, which are visually observed, collecting fisheries data requires methods designed specifically for aquatic habitats. Fisheries Biologists use a variety of sampling techniques to overcome the difficulty associated with properly assessing fish populations. Common sampling tools include gill nets, traps, angling and electrofishing. Electrofishing is one of the most common and successful techniques for sampling fish in shallow water.

    Electrofishing offers many benefits that other sampling techniques do not. Gill nets and traps, for example, reduce the slime coat of fish, making fish more susceptible to parasites and diseases. Due to the passive nature of other sampling techniques, fish commonly trapped in the nets do not survive. Furthermore, angling and nets tends to target specific size and/or species of fish. Electrofishing, on the other hand, can capture all species of fish that are accessible in the water.

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    Topics: Fisheries Management

    Meet the Experts: Wildlife and Fisheries Scientist Dylan Kwak

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 04, 2020

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    1. Tell us about your background and industry expertise.
    I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University (CSU) in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. While working towards my degree, I gained career experience with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fisheries Cooperation Unit at CSU sampling streams and aging Brook Trout at high elevation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Unit adding data to the internal database. I started working with SOLitude in Bryan, TX and then transferred back home to Colorado for a few years. I recently returned to Texas to continue my current role as a Fisheries and Wildlife Biologist and company Video Ambassador. In addition to my career, I am furthering my education as a Fisheries and Aquatic Science graduate candidate at the University of Florida.

    2. What do you love most about your job?
    The best part of my job is being proud of what I do. Actively managing and improving a freshwater system is one of my passions. The nutrients, plants, fish and other unique characteristics in an ecosystem can affect every lake or pond within that watershed. When you change one aspect of an ecosystem, you change the entire way the system operates. When someone asks me what I do, I'm proud to say that I better our lakes and ponds which, in turn, can help improve our water resources as a whole.

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    Topics: SOLitude News

    Industry Experts Make a Positive Impact in Volunteer Leadership Roles

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 04, 2020

    Industry Professionals

    SOLitude Lake Management is proud to recognize many of our nationwide colleagues for their new or recurring volunteer leadership roles with prestigious industry organizations across the country. SOLitude employs some of the most experienced and well-connected professionals in the freshwater management industry who share the same goal of making water a more healthy and beautiful part of our world through sustainable lake, stormwater pond, wetland and fisheries management.

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    Topics: SOLitude News

    Volunteer of the Quarter Makes An Impact in Massachusetts

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 23, 2020

    Volunteer of the Quarter

    Through SOLitude’s corporate volunteering and community outreach program, The SOLution, the company has named Customer Service Representative Becky Snyder of Shrewsbury, MA as Volunteer of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2019. Becky organized and participated in an array of volunteer events from October through December.

    As a Volunteer Team Captain, Becky plays an active role in coordinating initiatives for SOLitude’s New England office. She coordinated the details of the company’s Little GOBBLERs efforts during Thanksgiving by identifying schools throughout the region that would benefit most from the donation of turkeys and grocery store gift cards. Likewise, she played a vital role in SOLitude’s HOLiday Cheer efforts by coordinating the collection of gifts for children at Shriner’s Hospital and those involved in the Toys for Tots program.

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    Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

    Case Study: Shoreline Restoration With Erosion Control Technology

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 21, 2020

    Industrial businesses can affect communities in very positive ways; however, there are exceptions. Certain business practices can have a negative environmental impact on our communities. This was the case for one Florida Keys community. Due to the actions of a nearby blasting company, 5-7 ft of their lake’s bank eroded away.

    Luckily, SOLitude Lake Management specializes in the restoration of eroded shorelines to prevent water quality issues from reoccurring. There are many benefits to implementing erosion control solutions, including filtering hazardous runoff, repairing potholes in the dirt, and immediately reclaiming lost property. And what’s unique about our strategy is that we utilize a bioengineered living shoreline, which is a healthier and more effective alternative than previous industry standards like cement bags or concrete.

    We applied these tools on our Florida Keys community. The first step in restoring their 1,850 ft shoreline involved removing floating mats of the invasive aquatic weeds growing 3-5 ft out around the entire shoreline. This included torpedograss, cattails, primrose and alligatorweed. Overgrown invasive species often indicate neglect and can inhibit the growth and prosperity of animals and plants in the native ecosystems.

    SOX Erosion Solutions, Before, During and After
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    Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Buffer Management, Stormwater BMPs

    Volunteers Contribute Thousands of Hours Through The SOLution

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 16, 2020

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    SOLitude Lake Management is excited to announce another successful year in the history of the company's dedicated volunteering and community outreach program, The SOLution. The SOLution fosters SOLitude's core company values by encouraging and rewarding volunteerism, activism, outreach and fundraising. Since the program was established in 2012, SOLitude's employees, partners and their families have generated more than 16,877 volunteer hours and donated $518,855 to charitable organizations and causes throughout the country.

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    Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

    Case Study: Eradicating Invasive Floating Heart with ProcellaCOR

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 14, 2020

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    Controlling nuisance weeds and invasive pond plants can be challenging and, in many cases, herbicides are the most effective long-term solution. When properly applied by licensed professionals, EPA-registered herbicides can be invaluable tools for safe, fast and cost-effective aquatic plant management. A community was grateful for a new highly-selective herbicide option called ProcellaCOR after struggling for some time to control the invasive aquatic plant floating heart (Nymphoides cristata) in their Florida waterbody.

    This property in Florida is a collection of suburban residential homes surrounding a golf course located at the northern tip of the Everglades. Due to southeast Florida’s tropical climate and year-round growing season, many plants—both native and non-native—become invasive. This requires constant monitoring and management on the land and in the water. Algae and invasive water plants such as vallisneria (tape grass) and hydrilla are commonly managed by recurring herbicide treatments in order to maintain proper water flow and water quality health.

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    Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Stormwater BMPs

    Top 10 Pond Management Articles of 2019... Hint, #1 is Slimy & Toxic!

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 07, 2020

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    That's a wrap! What a year it has been. In honor of the new year, we gathered all of our educational articles and picked the top 10 most-viewed of 2019. Read our most popular articles covering toxic algae, aquatic weed control, fisheries and wildlife management and new innovations and technologies.

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    Topics: Water Quality/Nutrient Remediation, Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Fisheries Management, Pond Management Best Practices, Published Articles