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Should I Stock My Pond with Threadfin Shad?

February 20th, 2020

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 […]

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The Pros and Cons of Supplemental Fish Feeding

February 18th, 2020

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 […]

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Utilizing Electrofishing to Develop and Manage Your Fishery: Fish Population Data Collection

February 10th, 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 […]

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

January 7th, 2020

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. 10. What We Can Learn […]

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Fisheries Management: Water Quality Woes

November 25th, 2019

AS SEEN IN Pond Boss: Written by Fisheries Biologist David Beasley One of the most amazing attributes of water is its ability to provide people with a sense of happiness. Regardless of upbringing, nearly all of us have something to gain in life by having access to a recreational lake or pond. Some people find […]

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What Exactly Is an Electrofishing Survey and Will It Harm My Fish?

November 14th, 2019

Written by Industry Expert Ben German, Fisheries Biologist Collecting data on fish populations, which are inherently difficult to directly observe, has always presented a unique challenge to fisheries biologists. To combat this issue, a subset of the fish population is sampled (collected) and used to draw conclusions about the larger population in the water body. […]

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Are My Fish Healthy? Key Steps to Achieve a ‘Healthy’ Fishery

October 3rd, 2019

Written by Vic DiCenzo, PhD, Fisheries Biologist Whether you use your lake or pond for boating, bird watching or fishing, everyone can agree that they desire a healthy waterbody, especially one with healthy fish. But what constitutes a healthy fishery?  What signs would indicate that a fishery is unhealthy and what approaches could improve an […]

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Stock Fish Ponds With Rainbow Trout Now for Winter Fun & Forage

September 10th, 2019

Written by Aquatic Biologist Chase Brown Lake, pond and fisheries management is often put on the back burner during the winter months as most sport fishing becomes slow, but one species thrives in colder conditions: rainbow trout. Rainbow trout offer a fun fight on a fly or rod and reel for anglers of any skill […]

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Lessons Learned: Monitoring Dissolved Oxygen to Prevent Fish Kills

July 16th, 2019

AS SEEN IN Pond Boss: Written by David Beasley, Director of Fisheries  For avid pondmeisters, there’s not much worse than the sinking feeling of disbelief followed by the rush of anxiety when you stroll to your favorite fishing hole, only to be greeted by hundreds or thousands of white bellies floating around your pond. It’s […]

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Fertilizing Your Fishery

May 6th, 2019

Fisheries managers often use pond fertilization to improve the biological productivity of a waterbody, resulting in improved fish growth and abundance. As with any management strategy, geographic location, pond owner goals, and primary use of the water body must be considered prior to implementation. If you are interested in the fertilization process (also referred to […]

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