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Tennessee Lake Management: More Big Bluegill

Oct 27, 2018

So the owner of the 1.1-acre pond that since May of this year has coughed up a 2 lb. 1 oz. and a 2 lb. 2 oz. bluegill, along with a 12” coppernose that was not weighed, told me yesterday that he fished for about thirty minutes on Thursday. He was fishing for bass, with Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: Big Hand-painted Bluegill

Oct 24, 2018

I have made several blog posts about the growth rate of hand-painted bluegill. We’ll be doing a study soon to see whether hand-painteds or coppernose grow faster; at the moment, though, I can tell you that at a minimum, the hand-painteds appear to at least rival coppernose in growth rate. We got more evidence of Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: The Benefits of Feeding through the Winter

Oct 16, 2018

Some publications on pond management advise not feeding in cold weather. Many pond owners assume that when it gets cold, their fish don’t eat enough for feeding to matter. However, a recent study conducted at Oklahoma State University  (Shoup and Wahl 2011) found that bluegill fed supplementally throughout the winter entered spring in better condition Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management: the Truth about F1 Largemouth bass

Sep 24, 2018

There was a time when I stocked F-1s regularly. Most other pond management companies working in this state still stock F-1s almost exclusively. F-1s are raised by far more fish farms in the southeast than are pure Floridas, which makes them much easier to procure consistently; and my competitors are all about doing things the Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management: Beware Companies that Care More about Their Bottom Line than Your Pond

Sep 24, 2018

A few months ago I made a blog post in which I shared some facts about the differences between F1 and pure Florida largemouth. Toward the end of the post, I linked to an article from a university extension service that is concise and very informative on this topic. Said extension service has hundreds of Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management: Are You Getting the Most out of Your Lake?

Sep 22, 2018

Fisheries scientists have long recognized that the size of a water body plays a significant role in the ultimate sizes attained by the fish in that water body. If you own a lake of five acres or more and you’re paying a management company to manage it for you, but you’re not consistently catching fish Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: Two Small Ponds on One Property

Aug 29, 2018

We did a little fishing today on two ponds we manage about twenty miles from Columbia.  One pond is about 1/2-acre in size, and the other is about 2.5 acres.  Here are some of the fish we caught from the small pond: These are some of the fish we caught this afternoon: The .95-lb. bluegill Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: No photo, but…

Aug 11, 2018

There’s a 1.1-acre pond in middle Tennessee that we have managed since June 2014; I made a post about this pond back in May, because a 33-ounce coppernose bluegill was caught and released in it by one of my guide clients.  Then five days later, I caught and released a 12-inch coppernose bluegill that went unweighed Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: the Truth about Artificial Fish Habitat

Jul 31, 2018

Yesterday we sunk some large cedar trees into a four-acre lake in middle Tennessee that we manage. As you know if you’ve ever cut a large tree yourself, this is a lot more labor-intensive than putting artificial polypropylene hides out. All of our competitors sell their customers the artificial hides; we don’t even sell them. Read more…

Tennessee Lake and Tennessee Pond Management: the Difference Real Management Makes

Jul 29, 2018

I made a blog post about this particular pond a couple months ago, but another big fish has been caught from it since, such that the pond deserves another mention. We have worked on dozens of private lakes and ponds both in Tennessee and surrounding states that had previously been managed for a few or Read more…

Tennessee Lake and Tennessee Pond Management: Beware Deceptive Advertising

Jul 29, 2018

Suppose you had been diagnosed with a rare heart condition, and your continued health, and even whether or not you lived or died, depended on how well that condition was addressed. Suppose also that within an hour’s drive from you there was a very large hospital, nationally known, with an entire department of cardiologists, although Read more…

Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky Lake Management and Pond Management: Hand-Painted Bluegill Growth

Jun 5, 2018

Our poor hand-painted bluegill just aren’t growing at all.  We may just stop raising them.  Following are photos of a few that have been caught this spring by our clients who have them in their ponds. From a Georgia pond stocked March 2016 with hand-painteds: From a Kentucky pond stocked with hand-painteds November 2015: From Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: the Truth About Tilapia and Trophy-Largemouth Ponds

May 28, 2018

Many private lake and pond consultants have been telling pond owners across the Southeast, for years now, that tilapia are essential to stock if the goal for the pond is trophy bass. These consultants claim that tilapia produce more forage for the bass than any other fish that can be stocked, and therefore improve bass Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: A Bluegill Day for the Ages

May 8, 2018

In addition to pond management and pond construction/repair, we also have a guide service for trophy bluegill. All of our guiding is done on ponds we manage. I guided a husband and wife from Minnesota yesterday; we fished a half-acre pond in the morning, and a two-acre pond in the afternoon. They only caught six Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: Big Bass

Apr 1, 2018

Both of these fish were caught the same afternoon by the owner and his grandson.  One of the fish weighed six pounds five ounces, and the other weighed six pounds fourteen ounces. They were fishing their two-acre pond that we have been managing for them since July 2014.  This is their trophy-bluegill pond – it’s Read more…