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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 Decembe 2017 from an eight-acre pond we manage ten miles from the Kentucky border.  The smallmouth were stocked in November 2017, 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…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: the Coming Revolution

Why do we manage Tennessee ponds and lakes? Because there are very few things on this earth we get more enjoyment from than giving landowners their dream fishing escapes. It never gets old seeing people experience fishing of a caliber they never thought possible, on their own water. Part of the reason I post to Read more…

Tennessee Pond Management: Thoughts on Qualifications, Part II

A while back I made a post about qualifications. The impetus for that post was the fact that from time to time, I had lost out on this or that new account because I didn’t have a degree in the field in which I work. Most pond and lake owners seem to care more about Read more…

Tennessee Lake and Pond Management: How Important is Experience?

We have been managing private ponds and lakes in Tennessee since 1987. We’re not the biggest company that works on private waters in this state, at least not at the moment; but we are by far the most experienced. If you’ve ever wondered whether experience really matters that much in pond and lake management, here Read more…

Tennessee Lake and Pond Management: the Importance of Details

We have stressed in past blog posts the importance of details when it comes to lake and pond management. One would think that common sense would tell one that details are important no matter what field one is talking about, whether it be fisheries science or rocket science, landscaping or construction of a skyscraper; but, Read more…

Tennessee Pond Management: Grass Carp – the Rest of the Story

Suppose I told you there was a fish that would dramatically simplify management of your pond; it would be a one-time stocking, with a fraction of the cost, for a typical-sized pond, of the other species you’re planning on stocking, and you wouldn’t need to stock this fish again for several years. The only catch? Read more…

Think All Lake Management Companies Are Alike?

Maybe you own a pond, or just built one, and you’re wondering whether it makes any difference whether you buy your fish from a fish truck, or get them from a company that actually offers management guidance and a full array of services; perhaps you’re wondering if there’s really all that much difference between the Read more…

Hand-painted photo

Bluegill, just like any other fish, grow slower in a hatchery setting than they would at a lower density.  For example, in a pond properly managed for trophy bluegill, the number of bluegill larger than one inch per acre will be measured in the hundreds, whereas in a hatchery pond there will be tens of thousands. Read more…