Another hand-painted bluegill video

Jan 5, 2017

So this one was taken December 26:

Growing Trophy Bluegill: It’s in the Details

Dec 25, 2016

When we first started this blog four years ago, I made a post entitled, “Getting Serious about Monster Bluegill.”  That post has evidently been helpful to a good number of pond owners.  I realized recently that a follow-up was needed. You can stock the best genetics in your bluegill, crowd your bass so they look like Read more…

Tennessee Pond Stocking: Thirty Minutes that Can Impact the Next Forty Years

Dec 24, 2016

Your Initial Pond Stocking – long term effects! We work on ponds all the time that have been in existence, and often have had fish in them, for forty or fifty years or even longer.  More often than not, older ponds do not have fisheries that are in a highly desirable state; various environmental factors, Read more…

Stocking and Managing Tennessee Ponds: Avoid Deception

Dec 24, 2016

In a perfect world, every business owner would be honest to a fault, brimming with integrity, and always concerned with the best interest of the customer above his own.  Unfortunately, we live in a world where people will sometimes bend the truth, sometimes outright break it, for the sake of making a quick buck.  Sometimes Read more…


Dec 12, 2016

So we feed our hatchery bluegill some throughout the winter.  A recent study at Oklahoma State University found that bluegill fed throughout the winter had lower mortality rates than those that were not, even at water temperatures as low as four degrees Celsius. The bluegill in the study, of course, were almost certainly northern-strain bluegill. Read more…

hand-painted photos

Nov 20, 2016

As of today, a really good photo of one of our male hand-painted bluegill continues to elude us.  In the heart of spawning season, mature males will not only feature the distinctive black blotches on their sides, but will also have iridescent red all along their backs and on their chests.  However, most fish harvest Read more…

A couple thoughts on qualifications

Sep 30, 2016

All of my blog posts thus far have been cast through a very specific, intentional filter: informative, region-specific, and positive. Anyone who knows anything about business knows how crucial it is to portray the image you want to be perceived by your customers, and that’s what I’ve tried to do with this blog… This post Read more…

Video of hand-painted bluegill feeding

May 8, 2016

So far, though there is hardly enough evidence yet to be conclusive and we haven’t done a study, it’s looking like the growth rate for our hand-painted bluegill may exceed that even of coppernose.  The video below is of hundreds of these dudes feeding in one of our hatchery ponds.  All of these fish are Read more…

Hand-painted bluegill growth rates

Feb 8, 2016

Okay…So we haven’t done a precise study, and this is based purely on observation.  But observation, after all, is part of science.  And the science so far on these very special fish is looking pretty astounding. When we first decided to raise hand-painted bluegill, all that we could find on their growth rate was a Read more…

The Truth about Coppernose Bluegill in Tennessee Ponds

Jun 29, 2015

A couple months ago a man from west Tennessee contacted us about the possibility of stocking his new three-acre pond.  In the course of our conversation, he asked for references from pond owners we have done work for, which we gladly provided.  A couple days later one of those references happened to call us to Read more…

Keep Cover out of Your Trophy Bluegill Pond

Feb 28, 2015

It’s widely known that adding cover, whether it be natural in the form of cedar trees (our favorite) or chunk rock, or man-made such as PVC or rubber “trees,” can improve a pond being managed for trophy bass.  The cover affords protection for forage species such as bluegill and shiners, and lessens the likelihood that Read more…

What to Look for When Stocking a Pond Part II

Feb 21, 2015

Stocking a pond can be done hastily and without much thought, or it can be done meticulously with a good deal of forethought and planning.  Just like anything else, the more thought you put into it, the better results you generally can expect to get.  Today I’m going to let you in on a couple Read more…

What to Look for When Choosing a Company to Stock Your Pond

Feb 16, 2015

It only takes a few minutes to stock a pond, but that few minutes will have a lasting impact on the quality of fishing in the pond for years to come – for good, or bad.  So how do you make the right choice of all those companies trying to sell you fish?  Fish are Read more…

How to Ruin a Trophy Bluegill Pond, or: Beware Snake-Oil tilapia sellers

May 28, 2013

So I have been debating for months now on whether to make this post; and then just today I saw a tilapia dealer making simply false (and harmful) claims on another website. This person claims that tilapia are the “magic bullet” of pond management in Tennessee; he claims, among other things, that they take no Read more…

Create Your Own Honeyhole: Working with Other People’s Ponds

Create Your Own Honeyhole: Working with Other People’s Ponds

Aug 10, 2012

Tired of fighting hundreds of other anglers at public waters for a few scrawny runt fish? Can’t remember the last time you caught a master-angler caliber fish? Still searching for your first seven-pound largemouth, or maybe your first ten-inch bluegill? I’ll tell you a little secret – you don’t have to be at the mercy Read more…