Metro Atlanta Lake Management

Lake Audit, Lake Survey, Fishery Management

When people imagine a world class bass fishery Atlanta’s I-285 usually isn’t at the top of their list. Nestled near Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is an oasis . This client has been with us for many years and most importantly takes fisheries management seriously. Due to its large size the lake is shocked twice a year to insure the appropriate number of bass are harvested. In addition we come out once a month to fertilize and monitor water quality during the warm season. On this visit we shocked the lake for bass harvest as well as the final fertilization of the season.

Electrofishing, Lake Audit
Most fish were offshore on shad but a few still on the banks
Lake Survey, Lake Audit
Not the only ones working today

Lake Audit, Lake Survey, Electrofishing

Electrofishing Threadfin Shad
Bustin’ some Threadfin shad
Electrofishing, Electrofishing Boat
Capt. Matt getting the leftovers
fish population survey, assessing fish populations
We go were ever the fish are
fish analysis
Seth quick on the sticks

Once we collected all the bass it’s time to weigh and measure. Fish that are healthy are tagged and released. Fish that don’t meet the cut are taken out.

lake audit, Bass
Data is not the most exciting position yet it’s the most critical
Female Bass
No worries for this big girl
Fisheries Management
Tagged and released
fishery management plan
Seth with another golf course pig
fish population
This one isn’t so lucky
measuring fish population
Inches matter

 

fishery management
To the ice chest he goes
Bass, Fishery Survey
Fish like this kill fisheries. Too many mouths make for skinny bass
Fishery Management
Donald is making sure nothing goes to waste.
Lake Fertilization, Pond and Lake Management
Fertile water equals happy shad and fat bass. Seth dumping the final bag of fertilizer.
Fisheries Management
Capt. Matt burning the midnight oil

After a long day the shock boys were worn down but a lot was accomplished. Harvesting bass could be considered the most important aspect of lake/pond management. It doesn’t matter how many bluegill you stock if there are too many bass their will never be enough bluegill. An advantage of electrofishing instead of rod and reel is that our sample is not bias. We shock aggressive and less aggressive fish just as well. Call us today to get your lake shocked and back on track.

South Florida Exotics

Exotic plants and animals have been an issue in Florida for years. During our past shocking of Lake Parrish near Tampa, Florida we ran into huge schools of tilapia. Often they would be feeding on the surface in schools of over a hundred fish. We knew their numbers were high but our senior biologist found some startling images.

Notice all the holes along the rim of the cove. Those are all tilapia beds.
Prolific Spawners?

Tilapia are illegal to stock in Georgia but there is a lesson for pond owners. When stocking your pond know what you are getting. Purchase from a company or hatchery that has a good reputation in the industry. The guy your buddy met at QuickTrip around 2am my not be the best choice even if the price is right. Georgia DNR tickets are not cheap.

Electrofishing Season Is Here

Started this year’s electrofishing season in Palm City, FL. We had the pleasure of sampling twelve ponds for Piper’s Landing Yacht and Country Club which is an absolutely beautiful place. The fishery in these ponds have been neglected since their conception so the fish we sampled were not quite as beautiful as their surroundings. But now that we have a good data set on the fishery, we will get these ponds turned in the right condition.

Though we did not sample any trophy fish, we did sample a few species that you will probably only see in ponds that are in South Florida.

Also, we did hear some information from Lake Committee that unfortunately is not that uncommon. Many of these ponds were stocked last year with fry to help improve the forage base. Unfortunately these lakes are clear (i.e. not fertile) so when these fry were stocked they had no food to feed on once they used up their yolk sacs. This resulted in no survival of these fry which means a lot of money was wasted. So next time you want to improve your fishery whether it is fish stocking, electrofishing, etc., please make sure you use a reputable biologist.