Georgia Pond Management and Fish Stocking
Trophy Pond Management | Serving the Pond Stocking Needs of Georgia
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Fish Stocking in Georgia
We specialize in fish stocking in ponds and lakes in a wide region including Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas. There simply is no other company that compares to Trophy Pond when it comes to stocking quality bluegill. We are the only company in the world that commercially raises hand-painted bluegill, a rare subspecies found in the wild only in the Apalachicola River drainage in the Florida panhandle; this alone demonstrates that we care more about the awesome bluegill than our competitors. But we didn’t stop there: we also love coppernose, and know that many pond owners want them, so we made sure we would have the best coppernose of any hatchery in the country. We traveled to the St. Johns River three times, twice in 2015 and once in the spring of 2016, to catch our brood stock by hook and line, just as we traveled to the Apalachicola three times from 2013 through 2015 to catch our hand-painted brood stock by hook and line. When we started our hand-painted breeding program, we dug a new pond expressly for them, and had the hand-painteds in the pond within a matter of days after the pond reached full pool; we used the same process with the St. Johns coppernose. We go the extra mile to ensure our genetics are pure-strain; we have from the start and we always will.
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Why Bluegill is important for other Georgia stocked fish like Bass
Bluegill are the backbone of the forage base in a trophy-largemouth pond, which is why every knowledgeable pond consultant stocks them. And if your goal is trophy bluegill, the bluegill are not the means but the end, and therefore the top dog in your pond. In either case, you probably want the best bluegill you can get; even trophy-bass ponds get fished for bluegill from time to time, whether it’s by the grandkids or a church group, or the owner himself simply taking a break from the bass, and having top genetics for your bluegill can mean the difference between your forage base not getting big enough to be worth fishing for, or getting big enough and then some.
Why does it matter what kind of bluegill you stock in your Georgia pond? Even in Tennessee, the climate is such that coppernose and hand-painteds both grow significantly larger than northern-strain bluegill; and Georgia, of course, has a warmer climate still. Coppernose and hand-painteds will grow dramatically larger than northern-strain bluegill in a Georgia pond that is properly managed. If you own a pond in Georgia and you want the best fish, you owe it to yourself to stock our bluegill.
Hand Painted Bluegill- Unique to Trophy Pond
We are the only hatchery in the world that sells hand-painted bluegill. We have traveled to the Apalachicola River in the Florida panhandle for the past three years to capture brood stock of these beautiful fish. It’s widely known among knowledgeable pond pros that most of the fish farms across the Southeast that sell coppernose bluegill do not have pure-strain coppernose. Whether accidentally or intentionally, most of these farms sell coppernose that have some northern-strain bluegill in their genes; we call these fish, “mutt coppernose.” Mutt coppernose are easy to spot once you’ve seen a number of pure Florida coppernose because they differ in several very quantifiable ways. The coloration on these fish will not be as distinctive as a pure Florida coppernose, and the colors will also be different: where a pure Florida male coppernose will often have bright purple on its gill flap, this color is rarely seen on the mutts; pure Florida males will have a pronounced light patch on their foreheads, ranging in color from copper (hence the name) to tan to lime green. Both males and females thar are pure-strain will have light-colored fringing on their fins and tail that ranges from cream to orange to white depending on the tint and visibility of the water they live in. Body shape in pure Florida coppernose is markedly different from northerns-strain bluegill in males and females alike – pure coppernose have a decidedly taller shape, gaining more of their growth in the span from their dorsal to their pectoral fins than do northern-strain. Pure Florida coppernose have broader and more distinct bands on their sides than their northern-strain counterparts; these bands are so distinct in larger fish that they can sometimes be seen in clear water from fifty feet away. Here are some photos of pure Florida-strain coppernose for reference:
And these are northern-strain bluegill:
For more information Here’s a thread on a pond management forum about mutt coppernose, referred to in the thread as Arkansas strain:
Some other species we stock in Georgia
In addition to these very special fish we sell northern, F-1, and pure Florida-strain largemouth from the finest hatcheries in the South. We also stock all of the following species: Hand-Painted Bluegill, Coppernose, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Fathead Minnows, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Threadfin, Shad, Golden Shiners, Crayfish, Mississippi Grass Shrimp, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Hybrid Striped Bass, Tiger Muskellunge, Grass Carp / White Amur & Tilapia.
Other Services for Pond Management in Georgia
Electrofishing is the most reliable and efficient method of sampling a fish population. It has been used since the 1950’s by fisheries biologists to gauge fish health and growth in lakes and rivers, and has become the method of choice by most pond management companies for sampling private ponds and lakes. An electrofishing survey includes a detailed, comprehensive management plan tailored expressly for your pond or lake, based on the results of the survey, with your angling goals in mind. The resultant management plan is presented as a PDF mini-book that is typically twenty-five to thirty pages long and includes full-color photographs that illustrate every aspect of the plan, laid out in order of when each action should be performed. Call us today at (931) 374-0536 and let us transform your pond into the dream fishing spot you’ve always wanted!
Have weeds stolen your pond from you? We are a certified commercial applicator for aquatic herbicides, specializing in weed control, and can give you back your pond, safely and professionally. There are some species of aquatic vegetation that can help a pond, fostering everything from improved water quality to bigger and healthier fish. But there are other species that can kill every fish in the pond if left uncontrolled. Once we’ve identified what vegetation is present, we look further to determine the specific conditions in the lake that are causing that particular weed to thrive, and address those conditions: in other words, we treat the cause rather than just the symptom, so that the same weeds don’t return a few months or a year later.
Liming and Fertilization
Maintenance for ponds with aquatic animals is essential and liming makes up a big part of that maintenance. Liming maintains optimal alkalinity and ph levels for fish health and a healthy foot chain. Ponds with low alkalinity are subject to wider swings in pH throughout the day, which is stressful to fish. Ponds with alkalinity below 20 parts per million typically do not respond to fertilization, which in turn severely limits the food chain of the pond and therefore the pond’s overall carrying capacity.
Monthly fertilization is a key component of successful management of fish ponds in the South. Fertilization is simply feeding the phytoplankton, the microscopic plants found in any pond, so that they greatly increase, creating what is known as a plankton bloom. This bloom provides two major benefits: it prevents sunlight from reaching the pond bottom, thereby short-circuiting the photosynthesis of most aquatic vegetation which begins its life on the bottom; and it turbo-charges the food chain, allowing the pond to support two to four times more fish than it could unfertilized.Southern ponds should be fertilized twice a month in early spring, beginning in February or March depending on weather, and once monthly thereafter through September. Trophy Pond offers monthly fertilization as a service for ponds and lakes in middle Tennessee, northern Alabama, and southwestern Kentucky.
Georgia Pond Design, Construction & Repair
Whether you’re looking to build that dream pond or wanting to repair an existing one, we have the experience and expertise to get it done right the first time. Choosing the right builder is crucially important – someone who is inexperienced or doesn’t understand ponds can cost you tens of thousands and months or years of heartache. We get calls every year from landowners who just spent thousands to have a pond built, only to have it leak. Just because an excavator has run a dozer before does not mean he understands ponds, or what it takes to properly construct one so it holds water. Don’t scrimp now just to be disappointed months down the road – do it right the first time with Trophy Pond!
Pond Consulting & Georgia Real Estate Services
At Trophy Pond, we pride ourselves on attention to detail. Listening closely to the pond owner’s stated goals for the pond can mean the difference between a happy pond owner, and expensive corrective action three or four years down the road. We help you get it right the first time, so that you can enjoy your pond rather than lose sleep wondering why that pond manager from that big management company managed your pond for his goals rather than yours. We analyze every facet of your pond, from alkalinity to water clarity, from fish population dynamics to angling frequency and harvest load, from genetics to food chain to pond size and topography, to come up with a plan that’s completely customized to your specific pond and your specific goals.
Full Lake Audits
A Full Lake Audit consists of a comprehensive fish population analysis either by electrofishing survey. We will also perform on-site water quality testing (oxygen levels, alkalinity, pH), clarity/plankton assessment, fish habitat evaluation, dam inspection, and identification of any weeds present. We then compile all of the collected data into a written report and customized, one-of-a-kind management plan geared solely to your unique goals for your pond.
An On-Site Survey is for properties planning a new lake, seeking solutions for aquatic vegetation, or assessing the viability of a property before or after purchasing. We’ll give you a management plan that includes lake design/renovation considerations tailored to your specific goals for the lake while at the same time factoring in the strengths and limitations of the property.
Guided Fishing for Trophy Bluegill
We are the only guide service in the country that started for the sole purpose of putting anglers on once-in-a-lifetime, trophy bluegill. There are thousands of guides across the country who specialize in trophy largemouth, but if you want to catch an eleven-inch bluegill, there aren’t many places you can go and know that the odds are in your favor to do so in a day of fishing. So far this year every party that has fished with us has caught at least one bluegill 26 ounces or better; there have been dozens of bluegill over twenty ounces. A 30.6 ouncer and a 31.8 ouncer are the best thus far.
We provide the boat and all the tackle, and can help you find a local hotel – there are several within five miles of most of the ponds. Your party will have the ponds all to yourself, just us and lots of big fish. If you book your trip at least a month in advance, we can have a Custom Rod waiting for you to fish with when you get here.
1-2 ANGLERS $300 PER DAY, 3-5 ANGLERS $500 PER DAY
Private Pond Fishing Products
We sell Keaton Aerators, Sweeney & Texas Hunter Directional Fish Feeders, PK Floating Fish Feeders, Cutrine, Clipper & Sonar Genesis Algaecides & Herbicides, Keaton Beneficial Microbes, and our very own, hand-built, Custom Fishing Rods.
About Trophy Pond
Trophy Pond Management has been improving ponds since 1987. Whether you’re wanting to grow bigger fish in a private pond, control the weeds in a community lake, or contract a sizable aquatic renovation for a government contract, we have the equipment, experience and expertise to get the job done right the first time. Other pond companies are content to utilize the same methods year after year, often with mediocre results; but here at Trophy Pond we are constantly innovating new strategies for growing bigger fish, better controlling aquatic vegetation, and in general making your pond the dream escape you have always wanted it to be. We believe in building our business one satisfied customer at a time. Give us a call today and let us show you the Trophy Pond difference!
About Our Owner
Walt Foreman has been managing ponds since his junior year of college in 1987. In the past sixteen months he has worked on ponds in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Mississippi. He has grown bluegill to two pounds and largemouth to eleven-and-a-half pounds in his home state of Tennessee, and is looking forward to growing even bigger fish in the ponds and lakes of his new clients in warmer states with their longer growing seasons. When he’s not out on a pond somewhere, he’s probably either at church, or asleep dreaming of some new way to grow bigger fish.
Our Service Area
Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi.