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

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: The Real Premiere Bluegill Company

A pond consultant from another state made a Facebook post recently in which he claimed to be the premiere bluegill expert in the country.  I have made a few posts in the past that addressed the large gap between our skill at growing trophy bluegill, and any other pond management company in the U.S.  I still Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: There’s Us, and Then There’s Everyone Else

These two fish were caught the same day in December 2017 from an eight-acre pond we manage ten miles from the Kentucky border.  The smallmouth were stocked in November 2016, at 5-7″.  The hand-painted bluegill were stocked the end of October 2015.

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: Theory versus Fact, or What Size Largemouth to Harvest from your Trophy-Bluegill Pond

There’s a growing trend these days in the scientific community toward simulated studies, where the researchers, rather than going out into the field to test their hypothesis, simply plug it into a computer and run simulations. A computer simulation, of course, has about as much relation to the actual reality of a functioning ecosystem as Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: Florida largemouth, part II

I wrote in my last post about how badly the catchability difference between F-1s and pure Floridas has been exaggerated. Now I’m going to talk about the biggest reason I recommend pure Floridas instead of F-1s. There was a time when I stocked F-1s regularly. Most other pond management companies working in this state still Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: Florida largemouth bass

If you really want to understand largemouth bass management in Tennessee, there’s a lake in Virginia that you need to know about. Briery Creek Lake is not a sprawling reservoir; it covers only 845 acres. It lies at a latitude of 37.19, just slightly more northern than the 37.08 latitude of Paducah, Kentucky. What does Read more…

Tennessee Lake and Pond Management: Smallmouth bass

Anyone who reads this blog regularly has read posts by me that reference how competitive the lake and pond management business is in Tennessee and across the Southeast. We have noticed over the last year or so that, evidently, our competitors seem to be following our management practices; as an example, we were the first Read more…