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Our project with Bassmaster: Clues about clarity, pointers about plants

 Our project with Bassmaster: Clues about clarity, pointers about plantsBy Lochow Ranch The third installment of our video venture “The Lake Y Project” with Bassmaster is short but important and focuses on water clarity and vegetation management. Lochow Ranch president John Jones is quick to tell James Hall, editor-in-chief of Bassmaster Magazine, that all water’s not created equal as the… Continue Reading

Our project with Bassmaster: electrofishing in action

Our project with Bassmaster: electrofishing in actionBy Lochow Ranch In episode 2 of our Bassmaster project, we find out what lurks in the depths of “Lake Y.” You can see an electrofishing survey in action as we categorize the fish population of the anonymous 56-acre creek-fed lake in Alabama. Click here to check out episode 2 of our video… Continue Reading

Avoiding Noxious Algae: What to do when blue-green algae shows up in your lake or pond

Avoiding Noxious Algae: What to do when blue-green algae shows up  in your lake or pondBy Matt Ward Cyanobacteria or blue-green algae is a large group of photosynthesizing organisms that are more closely related to bacteria than to green algae or vegetation.  Technically this means that they are in a category of their own and have… Continue Reading

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

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