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    Lessons Learned: Monitoring Dissolved Oxygen to Prevent Fish Kills

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jul 16, 2019

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    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 sickening. Developing and managing a productive fishery requires ongoing effort and attention to detail. It takes fisheries biologists years of practice before we learn enough to maintain high odds of success, and even then, Mother Nature has a way of making things difficult. Even with extensive experience on a biologist’s side, the risk of failure looms.

    A significant failure biologists face is when a waterbody falls victim to a fish kill. When a fish kill occurs, it is typically a result of a lethal drop in dissolved oxygen levels. For most warm water fisheries, this oxygen crash tends to occur in the summer months when water temperatures are above 80 degrees. Warm water temperatures, teamed with multiple cloudy days in a row or a rapid drop in surface water temperature from a heavy thunderstorm, are the primary events that trigger fish kills.

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    Topics: Fisheries Management, Fisheries Projects

    Fertilizing Your Fishery

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 06, 2019

    SOLitude Lake Management

    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 as productivity manipulation), it’s necessary to first understand how it works in an aquatic environment. Second, it’s important to understand where it is applicable—or not. Last, you should have a thorough idea of what to expect should you choose to employ this technique in your pond.

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    Topics: Fisheries Management, Fisheries Projects

    Largemouth Bass Movement in Flooding Events

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 12, 2019

    SOLitude Lake Management

    AS SEEN IN Pond Boss: Written by Industry Expert David Beasley, Fisheries Biologist & Director of Fisheries 

    Heavy rain has a way of devastating communities and properties across this great country. It seems common to hear of places that receive 6-8 inches of rain within a 48-hour period. During these flooding rain events, lakes, ponds and fisheries must receive a large increase of incoming water within a short period of time, and release excess water in an orderly fashion. When this occurs, fish movement in and out of ponds can be a real concern.

    Flooding from upstream occurs when

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    Topics: Fisheries Management, Fisheries Projects

    Thinking Past the Obvious When Managing Your Fishery

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Dec 06, 2018

    Fisheries Management

    Pond ownership is a journey that can prove to be exciting and fun, as well as frustrating and disappointing. The good times are typically fueled by great memories of relaxing on the water or catching fish with family and friends, and the bad times are fueled by something that prevents those good times from happening. As owners, we would like the pond to always provide a high level of entertainment, allowing for a continuous stream of lasting memories as well as a source of excitement and energy that motivates family to draw closer together and enjoy the presence of one another.

    Over the years, many private waterbodies that became a pillar of lasting memories start to change. Oftentimes these changes occur slowly, and at times it happens so gradually that the transformation goes unnoticed until the pond or fishery have been altered considerably. When this occurs, it is typical for people to be concerned and take action.

    Unfortunately for pond owners, the issues that are often viewed as problems are actually symptoms of the real problem.

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    Topics: Fisheries Management, Fisheries Projects

    SOLitude Welcomes New Fisheries Biologist to Northeast, Mid-Atlantic

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 01, 2018

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    Ben German is a Fisheries Biologist who joined the SOLitude team in September 2018. He was born in New York and has spent much of his life on the East coast, living and working in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Virginia. Ben is based out of SOLitude’s Shrewsbury office, from which he serves clients throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

    “We’re excited to have someone as knowledgeable and experienced as Ben join our team,” said Dave Beasley, Director of Fisheries. “His expertise in fisheries management will be invaluable as we continue to expand our progressive fisheries management techniques throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.”

    Get to know Ben and learn about the unique, regional fisheries expertise he brings to the SOLitude team!

    What led you to pursue a career in fisheries?

    "My passion for fish started at a young age. I’ve been fishing since I was three years old. It’s always been a big part of my life, so it was a very natural progression to consider a career in fisheries.

    I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries & Aquaculture from SUNY Cobleskill and went on to earn a Master’s in Lake Management from SUNY Oneonta.

    As part of my thesis, I designed

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    Topics: SOLitude News, Fisheries Management, Fisheries Projects

    When Disaster Strikes: Designing Your Fishery to Withstand Weather Events

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Sep 24, 2018

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    Written by Industry Expert Paul Dorsett, Fisheries Biologist

    I could hear his excitement when Mike called requesting a consultation on plans to build ponds and lakes on the ranch he intended to purchase. Upon arrival at the ranch to evaluate the potential for several 1- to 20-acre impoundments, and after consulting a topographic map, I quickly realized Mike’s excitement was about to be severely diminished. The entire area he wanted to develop into scenic lakes and trophy bass fisheries was fed by over 1,600 acres of watershed. This watershed may be suitable for a 150-acre lake in this area but for the relatively small impoundments Mike envisioned, this watershed would have resulted in unmanageable fisheries with expensive and difficult dams to build and maintain. In short, his lakes would have flushed like a Texas tube chute every time a sizable rainfall event occurred.

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    Topics: Seasonal Pond Tips, Fisheries Projects

    Managing a Fishery to Avoid Excess Phosphorus Levels

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Aug 20, 2018

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    Written by Industry Expert Dave Beasley, Fisheries Biologist and Director of Fisheries

    As you may know, phosphorus is a nutrient that helps fuel the growth of aquatic plants and algae. The amount of phosphorus that waterbody owners and managers want or tolerate will vary significantly depending on goals. For example, a community manager seeking clear water with minimal aquatic growth in their stormwater pond will have a much lower tolerance for phosphorus than a private landowner whose goal is to produce trophy bass or attract waterfowl. Depending on these goals, along with your budget and the characteristics of your waterbody, the maximum amount of phosphorus that is considered desirable or acceptable will vary.

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    Topics: Fisheries Management, Fisheries Projects

    Building the Fishing Pond of Your Dreams

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 18, 2018

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    AS SEEN IN Pond Boss Magazine: Written by Industry Expert Dave Beasley, Fisheries Biologist & Director of Fisheries 

    Pursuing your dreams is an incredibly gratifying experience that has a way of bringing out the best in yourself. For some of us, that involves creating a trophy fishery where kids and adults alike can spend time together bonding in the essence of nature. Spending a day on the water with loved ones, in pursuit of the next fish that family and friends will be talking about over dinner or around a campfire, can provide just enough motivation to keep someone from settling when it comes to building the pond of their dreams.

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    Topics: Fisheries Management, Fisheries Projects

    The Benefits of Supplemental Fish Feeding

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 16, 2018

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    Written by Industry Expert Logan Cowan, Fisheries Biologist 

    “Why should I feed fish food to my fish?” As a Fisheries Biologist working on private ponds, this is one of the most common questions I receive each spring from clients hoping to enhance their fishery. In response to the question, I always explain that while fish food can significantly improve Largemouth Bass size and population structures, it is typically utilized to sustain forage fish.

    The carrying capacity of forage fish is one of the most limiting factors of a bass fishery – but regular supplemental fish feeding can help grow forage populations that will push and extend the carrying capacity of your Largemouth Bass. Bass with access to as much forage as possible are more likely to reach their growth potential and stay on track to meet your fisheries goals.

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    Topics: Fisheries Management, Fisheries Projects

    Trophy Largemouth Bass Fishery: Keys to Sustainability

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Dec 12, 2017

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    AS SEEN IN Pond Boss MagazineWritten by Industry Expert Dave Beasley, Fisheries Biologist & Director of Fisheries 

    Complacency and trophy bass fishery are incompatible concepts that don’t belong in the same sentence. So, don’t let complacency sentence your trophy bass lake to an unsustainable destiny. While that may start off sounding a bit harsh, vigilance is a key to success in many aspects of life. That includes managing a trophy fishery. Just because you might figure out how to create a trophy fishery, it doesn’t necessarily follow that it will then sustain itself. Diligence is a key to long-term success.

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    Topics: Fisheries Management, Fisheries Projects