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Our project with Bassmaster: Will Lake Y become a bass fishing heaven?

Our project with Bassmaster: Will Lake Y become a bass fishing heaven?By Lochow RanchTurning an average, underperforming lake into bass fishing heaven requires some thought, planning and know-how. Getting those details right is the goal of our new project with Bassmaster, “The Lake Y Project.” The resulting project is a complete video series, which just aired its… Continue Reading

Fish Kills: what to watch out for as summer heats up

Fish kills: what to watch out for as summer heats upBy Lochow Ranch Summer is officially here, and all lakes and ponds are at an increased risk of a fish kill. While they are not necessarily common or completely preventable, it is good to be advised on what can happen and what to look for because lately… Continue Reading

Leave it to Beaver? Not when it comes to your lake

Leave it to Beaver? Not when it comes to your lakeBy Matt Ward As lake managers we get any number of calls from clients about somewhat offbeat subjects. One of those call subjects is beavers and what to do about them.   The largest rodent in North America, the American beaver is a common resident of ponds… Continue Reading

Ready for the season? Get those fish stocking orders in soon

Fishery tips: Prepping your fishing lake for a great seasonBy Lochow Ranch You might already be picturing your trophy bass Instagram snaps. But before that happens, it’s time to get your stocking plans set for the season and address any issues with your pond or lake’s inhabitants.  Springtime is a great time to assess your pond’s fish… Continue Reading

Maximize your fishery’s health by working with water

Maximize your fishery’s health by working with waterBy Matt Ward Water health needs to be managed just like fish and plant life health. In the first of these posts about water quality, I discussed the issues of water turbidity and nutrient control, both critical issues for a healthy fishery. This week we’ll take a look at water… Continue Reading

Liquid assets: managing water quality for healthier fish

Liquid assets: managing water quality for healthier fishBy Matt Ward In the interest of full disclosure it should be noted that my academic background is in biochemistry so I get pretty excited about water quality issues.  That being said, this stuff really is important even if the details can’t quite inspire excitement like trophy largemouth. Water quality… Continue Reading

Fishery tips: Prepping your fishing lake for a great season

Fishery tips: Prepping your fishing lake for a great seasonBy Lochow Ranch Fishery experts know that year-round pond and lake maintenance is key to keeping your favorite fishing pond healthy and productive.  The leading reasons the equilibrium in your lake could be off include over- and under-harvesting of predator fish, introduction of undesirable fish species, and summer… Continue Reading

Forage for your fishery: key spring lake management tips

   Forage for your fishery:key spring lake management tipsBy Lochow Ranch As our ponds pull out of the winter cold and begin to heat up, our gamefish metabolisms rise, and the spring glut is on.   Forage populations generally take a pretty big hit over the winter. Depending on the lake, the spring glut can have a lasting… Continue Reading

On the way to Trophy-Catching Glory: Eight lucky Texas electrofishing survey winners

   On the way to Trophy-Catching Glory: Eight lucky Texas electrofishing survey winnersBy Lochow Ranch Response to our electrofishing sweepstakes was through the roof! In fact, we have decided to up the awards to EIGHT free surveys instead of the original five. If you missed it, we announced back in February that we would give away five free electrofishing surveys… Continue Reading

Time to treat: consider your treatment options for vegetation control

Time to treat: consider your treatment options for vegetation control By Matt Ward At some point in the life of any pond or lake, vegetation or algae growth is going to have to be controlled. In last week’s blog posting, we mentioned that most of the time this is going to involve herbicides and algaecides.   Think of these… Continue Reading

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