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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

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

The lake management calendar: maintaining your dream pond throughout the year

The lake management calendar: maintain your dream pond throughout the yearBy Matt Ward Managing your pond or lake to maximize its potential is a year-round endeavor. Careful pond cultivators follow a calendar outlining the best activities to pursue each month. In our region, that calendar starts and ends the year with the least amount of upkeep, and… Continue Reading

Prepping your pond for the season: what steps should you be taking now?

Prepping your pond for the season: what steps should you be taking now?By Matt Ward Spring will be here before you know it, along with better fishing weather. Now is the time to make sure your pond or lake delivers a top-notch fishing experience this year. Smart pond and lake owners are choosing what approaches will make… Continue Reading

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