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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

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

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

Pruning around the pond: vegetation control is important for lake maintenance

Pruning around the pond: vegetation control is important for lake maintenanceBy Matt Ward There are many aspects to aquatic vegetation and we’ll explore several of them over time with this blog, but here we want to focus on vegetation management and control.   With everyone receiving their spring fish stockings, it is important to not neglect the vegetation,… Continue Reading

Bang for the Buck: Building a premier fishery with pelleted food

Bang for the Buck: Building a premier fishery with pelleted foodBy Matt Ward Fisheries at their most fundamental are a combination of habitat, fish, and people. The perfect blend of these three ingredients should create a healthy system with plenty and bigger fish for fishermen to target. Many factors go into creating a successful fishery, but likely the single… Continue Reading

Love your lake? Let’s learn what lurks there

Love your lake? Let’s learn what lurks thereBy Matt Ward In order to accomplish great things, we have to take an honest look at where we are and decide on where we want to go. This is no less true of lake and pond management than it is of life. Knowing how things are in your pond at… Continue Reading

Fish stocking advice: knowing your lake is the key to effective stocking

Fish stocking advice: thoughtful stocking is the key to fishing pond successBy Matt Ward Looking out across the country, you can see countless waterbodies dotting the landscape – ponds and lakes of every size. Most will have fish, but they’re subject to endless pressures: droughts that constrain fisheries; floods that scatter fish about the countryside; waterfowl gathering… Continue Reading

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