Alabama Fish Stocking, Lake & Pond Management
Trophy Pond Management
Serving all of Alabama
Call to Speak with Us About Your Needs Today!
Some of our Pond & Fish Stocking Services in Alabama
We specialize in lake and pond management and fish stocking services in a wide region including Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Chances are that if you have an Alabama pond you’re serious about making it into a top-flight fishing retreat, if you have bluegill in it, or if it’s a new pond, you have a plan to stock them. Why does it matter what kind of bluegill you stock in your pond? Even in Tennessee, the climate is such that coppernose and hand-painteds both grow significantly larger than northern-strain bluegill; and Alabama, of course, has a warmer climate still. Coppernose and hand-painteds will grow dramatically larger than northern-strain bluegill in an Alabama pond that is properly managed. If you own a pond and you want the best fish, you owe it to yourself to stock our bluegill.
We go the extra mile
There simply is no other Alabama lake and pond management and fish stocking company that compares to Trophy Pond when it comes to bluegill quality. 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.
Need a quote for your Alabama project?
Alabama Pond Stocking – Bluegill Genetics
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.
Like coppernose bluegill, these fish grow faster and get larger than northern-strain bluegill, and they make even coppernose look tame when it comes to their coloration. 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: 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.
The Trophy Pond Difference
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 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:
Other Pond Management Services
If it is necessary to sample a fish population, electrofishing is the most reliable and efficient method. Fisheries Biologist have been using electrofishing since the 1950’s to determine the health and growth in lakes and rivers. It has also become the first choice by management companies to sample their private ponds and lakes. The report for an electrofishing survey will include a detailed, comprehensive management plan tailored expressly for the specific pond or lake, based on the results of the survey, with your angling goals in mind. After all the testing is complete the resultant management plan will be 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 our Alabama lake and pond management company today at (931) 374-0536 and let us transform your pond into the dream fishing spot you’ve always wanted!
Weeds could have a detrimental effect on your pond. If you need assistance with weed control, we are a certified commercial applicator for aquatic herbicides, specializing in weed control. We will be able to give you your pond back to the state you want it to while doing it safely and professionally. Aquatic vegetation can either help or hurt a pond. If you plant the correct vegetation it could help improve water quality and even promote bigger and healthier fish. But there is also certain vegetation that could potentially kill every fish in the pond if it is 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
Ponds that have a lower alkylene level are subject to having the pH level vary too much throughout the day. Which in the long run will become too stressful on the fish.Liming is essential maintenance for ponds with aquatic life. It will maintain the alkalinity and pH levels which in return will help the fish thrive. 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 of your pond is a key component to having any success in pond fishing management, especially 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 process will provide 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 water to support two to four times more fish than it could unfertilized. Ponds in the South should have a fertilize schedule of twice a month in the early Spring beginning in February or early March it all depends on the weather. They should also be fertilized monthly through September. Trophy Pond offers monthly fertilization as a service for middle Tennessee, northern Alabama, and southwestern Kentucky.
Pond Design, Construction & Repair
Do you have a current pond that is in need of repair? Or are you wanting to finally build that dream pond that you have always wanted? We have the experience and and trust to make sure it is done right the first time. Choosing the right builder for your pond dreams is crucially important – someone who is inexperienced or doesn’t understand ponds can cost you tens of thousands of dollars and months or years of stress and heartache. Don’t scrimp now just to be disappointed months down the road – do it right the first time with Trophy Pond, Alabama’s top lake and pond management company!
Pond Consulting & Real Estate Services
At Trophy Pond , we want our customers to know that we pride ourselves on attention to detail. While listening closely to the pond owner’s specific goals they want to achieve for their pond can mean the difference between a happy pond owner, and an expensive corrections that will need to be done years down the road. We want to make sure we get done right the first time so you can enjoy your pond and not have to worry about whether the integrity of the business that performed the service was on your side.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.
If you are planning a new lake, an On-Site Survey is necessary. These surveys consist of 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
Across the country there are thousands of guides who specialize in trophy largemouth. But we are they only service in the country that was started just for the purpose of catching once-in-a-lifetime, trophy bluegill. If you are on the search to catch that prized bluegill the odds are in your favor if you decided to go with us. Catching over 20 ouncers isn’t out of the normal.
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 Management
Trophy Pond has been building and improving ponds since 1987. If you’re interested in 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. There are other local pond companies are perfectly content to keep using the same methods over and over again. They don’t have an interest in learning new techniques to better serve their customers. Here at Trophy Pond we are constantly innovating new strategies for helping our customers grow bigger fish, and to help better control their aquatic vegetation, and in general making your pond the dream escape you have always wanted it to be. We believe in building our Alabama lake and pond management and fish stocking 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.
These are northern-strain bluegill:
Mutt coppernose will have colors duller than either of their parent subspecies (coppernose and northern-strain), tending more toward the olive hues of northern-strain but often having more browns than pure northerns; purple is missing on the gill flap of males, as is the light-colored patch on the forehead. Fringing on the fins is noticeably absent, as are the wide bars on the sides. And the body shape is a dead giveaway for the mutts: if you catch an eight-inch bluegill from your pond that’s supposed to be a coppernose and it’s shaped just like a bluegill from the Tennessee River, you’ve got mutt coppernose in your pond.
Here’s a thread on a pond management forum about mutt coppernose, referred to in the thread as Arkansas strain: