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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Tennessee Lake Management: More Big Bluegill

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

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

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…