Bristol, TN Lake Improvements

This past spring Bass Pro Shops contacted us to do an electrofishing survey of their lake at the Bristol, TN store. Matt, our senior fisheries biologist, came up with a game plan to get the lake back on track. The lake was lacking cover and forage. The owner decided to go with feed trained bass due to their aggressive, fast growing nature. Habitat was also added to aide the forage that was being stocked.

Feed Trained Bass, Fish Stocking
Tyler unloading feed trained bass.
Bass Stocking, Fishery Improvements
Small mouths, thick shoulders
Fish Feeders, Purina Aquamax, Pond Management
Texas Avenger Big Mouth feeder being filled with Purina’s special Largemouth Bass feed
Feeding Largemouth Bass, Fish Feed
Close up of Purina’s Largemouth Bass feed nuggets

Feed trained bass will grow quickly as long as they are fed a proper diet. Purina started making large pellets to work with Texas Avenger Big Mouth feeders. They are the only feeders on the market currently that can shoot this feed. Each pellet packs 45% protein and 10% fat that will add quality size to fish.

Fish Habitat, Fishery Enhancements, Mossback
Lots of units built today
Mossback Habitats, Fishery Management
MossBack habitat units waiting to be deployed
Artificial Fish Habitats
MossBack’s signature textured pipe is superior to normal PVC
Habitat for Fish
MossBack even textures their limbs to encourage algae growth
Fishery Management, Fish Habitats
Dense cover is key to protect forage fish

MossBack’s units come with roughed up surfaces. When the surfaces are roughed up they grow algae much quicker than traditional, slick PVC pipe. Algae growth is important to the pond ecosystem because it forms the base of the food chain. Without it the whole food chain will suffer.

After putting in a long day the only thing left to do is wait. With proper planning and execution there is no such thing as a hopeless pond at Aquatic Environmental Services.

 

Electrofishing Outside of the Southeast

Although the bulk of our business comes from Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina we are more than capable to survey lakes outside of our home range. With the number of years Greg has been in the pond management industry he has forged a reputation of building the finest fisheries so naturally word has spread. The shock team makes a road trip to Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi in late spring and another trip to Illinois in early summer. Shocking in Florida is an emerging area for us as well. There are many companies in Florida than manage vegetation but few provide fisheries services.

One-year old smallmouth in Northern Illinois.
Toothy
Illinois stud
Greg’s arms were tired after this day in Vicksburg, MS.
All smiles in Southern Arkansas.
Electricity is not always required to survey.
Didn’t matter if it was a duck or bass for this lab.
Capt. Matt in Ohio with the apex predator…Flathead Catfish
Chilly morning smallie

Even if you do not think you’re close to the home office give us a call. Many times we can complete fish population surveys on multiple ponds in an area to reduce the travel cost.

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.

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.

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.