Seneca, South Carolina Lake Liming

Lake Liming

Trophy Bass Start in the Dirt

When you think of growing trophy bass, dirt isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Bluegill, crawfish, shad and other forage grow big bass but have you thought about what grows a bass’s food?

All fish start out as fry and feed off their yoke sack. Once they are done with the yoke sack they move onto small aquatic insects. Lakes with poor soil don’t support as many aquatic insects.  When we attempt to fertilize these lagging lakes our fertilizer has no affect because alkalinity levels are low. Luckily for lake owners there is an easy solution to get top notch dirt.

Liming your lake is an easy job assuming there is proper boat access and a good tractor operator. Liming food plots is a normal fall ritual for hunters, but liming lakes is mostly unknown. Unlike food plots, lakes only need to be limed once every 3-5 years with the rates we recommend. Lake liming ensures the fertilizer will be effective and produces an algae bloom.

lake liming
The first few loads are always the hardest. The ground is very saturated so carrying such a heavy load makes operators nervous.
The lake being limed is a classic South Carolina up state lake with red clay composing the bulk of the soil. Red clay isn’t good for growing crops or big bass.
Lake Liming
When we are spraying lime off the barge we are liming the soil. We aren’t liming the water as many clients assume.
lake liming
In two to three months the lake will be ready to fertilize. Hydrated lime is quicker acting but it will last less than six months.  We used agriculture lime today. Agriculture lime is slower acting but last years. We lime lakes at 4-6 tons/acre because we only want to lime every 3-5 years.

In a few hours the pile of 24 tons was in the lake and working on the soil. We like to lime lakes in the cold months because lake owners won’t be losing growing season. We start fertilizing lakes once the water temps reach 60 degrees, so ideally our owners start fertilizing in April.

 

 

Constructing Secchi Disks

 

 We are in the process of making Secchi disks. Secchi Disks are one of our best selling items and the best item to ensure the success of your pond’s fertilization program. If you don’t already have a Secchi Disk, visit our Shop at https://lakework.com/shop/secchi-disk-2/. We sell Secchi Disks for $33.00 including shipping.

Pond Fertilizer

Spring is fast approaching along with warmer water temperatures. Remember we begin fertilizing ponds once the water temperature reaches 60°F. It is critical to get a bloom established early in the spring. If fertilization efforts are delayed further into spring, there is a chance that aquatic vegetation will get a head start and limit fertilizer’s success.  Also, to maximize the potential of the fishery it is critical a bloom is established before fish begin reproducing. Having a strong bloom increases the survival of the newly hatched fish.  A side benefit of an early bloom is deterring submersed vegetation growth as well.

For the initial fertilizer application you need to use eight pounds of fertilizer per acre. Once a bloom is established drop to four pounds of fertilizer. Our fertilization rates are always based off of the visibility of the water which is measured with a secchi disk ( link here). Make sure to check the visibility every two weeks and apply fertilizer as needed based off of the visibility reading. To keep on top of fertilization program we offer yearly Fisheries Management Contracts.  Please contact to get a proposal for AES to tackle maintaining the fertility of your pond and other pond management services.

For a year supply of fertilizer typically requires 50 pounds, or two boxes, to get you through the growing season. Place you order before March 15th and receive discounted delivery if applicable.

Check out these links to our Fertilizer and Secchi Disk.

The fertilizer label
Fertilizer label