The electrofishing team has been bouncing around middle and south Georgia for the first part of April. The team has been tackling many diverse fisheries from lakes less than two years old while others have run their course and need to be drained.
The spawn was very flat this year. There wasn’t much of a buildup. With the amount of rain and unusual temperatures the bass spawned when the conditions were right. Many of the fish we shocked had fresh sores and flat bellies indicating the spawn has already happened. Some lakes had schools of bass fry with males guarding the school.
This time of year we get lots of calls about algae growth. With the warming water algae is starting to grow again. There are some species of algae that grow in specific temperatures but die in warmer or colder temperatures.
Wrapping the Week Up
With a long week week of electrofishing coming to an end the team saved the best lakes for last.
After four days of electrofishing and being on the road the team heading back to Ball Ground. Electrofishing is all fun till the boat is hooked up and pointed home. The real work starts now with report writing. We are booked out till mid-May so if you have any interest in getting your lake shocked now is the time to get in contact with us.
Lake Aeration in Jackson, Georgia
Aeration and lake liming are two lake improvements that generate the least amount of enthusiasm from clients. Unlike fishing stocking where there’s instant gratification of seeing 10,000 bluegill go into the lake, seeing 800 meters of weighted airline sink into the lake is a big let down. However, subtle improvements are the difference between phenomenal fisheries and mediocre ones.
Today’s job was an aeration installation in Jackson, GA. Aeration installations are simple to install but they take lots of prep work to make for a smooth day. Outdoor Water Solutions is the company we used for this client. They provided AES with a detailed project map of where each bottom diffuser is to be dropped as well as the amount of air line.
The Worst Case
This particular client has a lot invested in the fishery both in time and money. Aeration systems prevent summer fish kills among other things. They also help break up bottom muck, reduce foul odors, and limit the amount of biting insects. If your lake water resembled a bowl of pea soup last summer, an aeration system is something that should be seriously considered.
Below is a client that had four years worth of management invested in his lake. He sent us these horrific pictures of his lake one summer morning. This is why we aerate lakes.
The reason this lake experienced a fish kill was because the lake flipped. There was a period of cloudy rainy weather during the heat of the summer. Oxygen levels crashed and the fish had nothing to consume. Call the office this spring before it’s too late for your pond.
Duluth, Georgia Vertex Aeration Install
Recently a client came to us wanting a proper aeration in his pond. He has had issues with cheaper units burning themselves out in the past. As you will see later there is a reason he was worried about the longevity of his current system. We worked closely with Vertex Aeration systems to construct a custom aeration map that would best suite the pond.
Prepping the Job Site
The Process of Installation
This was a quick job due to the size of the lake and small number of units. If you have a questionable aeration system give us a call to get your pond back on track.
Canton, Georgia Vertex Aeration Installation
Today’s blog is a quick recap of installing a single station Vertex aeration system. These systems offer incredible benefits to pond owners from decreasing fishy smells to reducing the chances of a fish kill. The systems are easy to install and take less than three hours to install. The only requirement is there needs to be a power source near the lake. If power source is an issue we offer a solar unit.
If you would like to improve your pond and safe guard your fisheries investments call the office to get talk with a biologist that will point you in the right direction.
Vertex Solar Aeration Installation
In order to eliminate the stratification of the water column, prevent turnovers, and increase fish habitat, we recommend installing a bottom diffused aeration system. Bottom diffused aerations systems are designed to pump large volumes of air that pushes water from the pond bottom to the surface where it spreads out and contacts the atmosphere and becomes oxygenated. The pumping action is created by millions of tiny bubbles emitted by the diffuser that rise and entrain water with them.
This system will eliminate thermal stratification (eliminate the thermocline) and turnovers in the lake providing oxygen throughout the water column. The thermocline is the boundary between warmer surface water and cooler deep water. These areas do not usually mix naturally. The upper water column is oxygenated by contact with the atmosphere, phytoplankton and aquatic vegetation growth and supports aquatic life.
Traditional aeration systems need a power source located close to the pond. This is typically not an issue but every now and then a pond located well off the grid needs aeration such as today’s pond. It would be very expensive to get an outlet installed.
The installation process if very similar to a traditonal aeration system. The main difference is digging a 3ft hole that’s 18 in wide to anchor the solar panels in.
If you think your pond might need aeration give the office a call to get an answer.
Emerson, Georgia Aeration Installation
The warmth of summer brings both joys and frustrations for lake owners in the Southeast. Long days mean plenty of daylight to get some after work fishing in. The warm water has fish’s metabolism firing on all cylinders so that means they ready to eat. However there are some downsides to the shift in weather. Many of our clients will notice aquatic weed growth emerging as well as surface algae. Besides hampering aesthetics and making it hard to bounce a worm along the lake bottom, aquatic weeds do not harm the fishery often. There is a much more silent threat pond owners need to be aware of. It’s called lake stratification. The thermocline is the boundary between warmer surface water and cooler deep water. These areas do not usually mix naturally. The surface water is oxygenated by contact with the atmosphere and supports aquatic life. The deep water soon loses its oxygen through digestion of organic matter on the pond bottom and cannot support desirable aquatic life. Fish kills and bad odors can result from lake stratification. Fortunately lake owners have a solution in the form of bottom diffused aeration.
At the end of the project the owner was pleased to know his pond will be protected this summer. Lakes are investments whether it be time or money. If you would like to protect your investment this summer contact us and we will get you covered.
Pop Eye Disease
Did a little eye surgery today and removed these ocular nematodes from bluegill eyes. They had Pop Eye disease. Only cure for Pop Eye disease is ridding the muck from your pond. If you see Pop Eye disease in your pond, then contact us for an aeration quote.
Vertex Aerators Also A Fish Habitat
Vertex Aerators Also a Fish Habitat –
We all know that Vertex aerators offer many benefits and here is another one, great fish habitats!
Check this out to see bass and forage jumping from the Vertex aeration system while on an electrofishing survey.