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A Couple Hand-painted Bluegill We Seined Today

Oct 5, 2020

So we seined one of our hatchery ponds today for hand-painted bluegill.  These days when people ask me which subspecies of bluegill they should stock if their goal is trophy bluegill, I tell them hand-painted.  Here’s why: We didn’t weigh the top fish, but the bottom one weighed 2.1 pounds.  It came from a roughly Read more…

An Average Day on a World-class Pond

Aug 26, 2020

Myself and our new assistant fisheries biologist Greta fished our best trophy-bluegill pond for approximately four hours on July 27. In that time, a three-pound, a four-pound, a four-and-a-half-pound, and a five-pound largemouth were caught, along with a 1.6-pound bluegill. Here are the two largest fish (Greta caught both): This is from a 1.1-acre pond Read more…

The Most Important Consideration When Hiring a Pond Builder

Jan 21, 2020

There are several important factors that should be considered when one is hiring an excavation contractor to build a pond. Experience building ponds, the right equipment for compaction, and experience with permitting for ponds are all vitally important; however, all of these pale in comparison to what should be your first two questions for any Read more…

Mystery Solved, Or: Three in Five Months

Dec 25, 2019

Up until a few days ago, whenever a new customer asked me which got bigger, coppernose or hand-painted bluegill, I would give them a complicated answer. We’re going to do a study at some point, I would say (we’re hoping to get this done within the next year) and will have hard data; as of Read more…

Fish Pricing for Pond Stocking

Dec 11, 2019

There are many purchases for which it simply makes sense to let cost be the deciding factor. Most folks, for example, when exiting the interstate to fuel up their vehicles, will stop at the gas station that has the cheapest fuel, all other things being equal, because they know that generally there won’t be a Read more…

Big Hand-Painted Bluegill

Dec 5, 2019

We seined one of our production ponds today to fill a large order going to northern Kentucky.  The hatchery record for hand-paints as of yesterday was 1.8 lbs.; this guy weighed 1.9 lbs.:

Choosing a Lake Management Company in Tennessee: Do They Know Our Waters?

Nov 23, 2019

We make a big deal about being the only full-service lake and pond management company working in this state that is owned by a Tennessee native. We have frequently mentioned in other posts the fact that most of our competitors routinely send out biologists just a year or two removed from college to evaluate the Read more…

Grass carp and Their Impact on Bluegill or, How to Have Smaller Bass

Nov 23, 2019

Imagine that you were shopping for a new car, and a car dealer told you that he had the perfect car for you: this car has a twelve-year limited warranty, it’s more comfortable and nicer to look at than any car you have ever seen, and you can buy it for $2,000 less than any Read more…

Smallmouth Bass in Alabama Ponds

Nov 7, 2019

Many pond owners are under the impression that smallmouth won’t survive in ponds, or at a minimum, won’t thrive. Nothing could be further from the truth. Smallmouth are indeed found all the way to Canada, and some of the best smallmouth lakes anywhere are up north; but the world record came from right here in Read more…

Pond Stocking Tennessee: The Difference Real Expertise Makes, Part II

Oct 2, 2019

We recently made a blog post about a two-acre pond in middle Tennessee that is on track to eventually break the Tennessee state record for bluegill. Some people might think that pond is a fluke, that perhaps we just got lucky. There is of course another pond we have posted about, one which we didn’t Read more…

Pond Stocking Tennessee: The Difference that Real Expertise Makes

Oct 2, 2019

We post a lot of photos of big fish on our blog, for the express purpose of demonstrating that our claim to be the best at growing trophy fish in private ponds is more than just a claim. This post won’t feature any photos of giant fish, but rather just a handful of six- to Read more…

Pond Stocking Tennessee: Beware False Advertising

Sep 30, 2019

We made a blog post recently about a competitor of ours that uses once- or twice-yearly stockings of fathead minnows into ponds with established fish populations as a cornerstone of their management of said ponds. You can see that post under, “Pond Management Tennessee: Beware False Advertising.” This post will focus on the most important Read more…

Pond Management Tennessee: A Simple Test to Help You Hire the Right Company

Sep 23, 2019

Pond and lake management is big business these days in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and Kentucky; there are dozens of companies vying to manage your pond for you, and just as is the case in any industry, not all of these companies are created equal. If your car is suddenly making a strange noise and you Read more…

Pond Stocking Tennessee: Not All Fish Stockers Are Created Equal

Sep 23, 2019

There are basically three types of company that will deliver fish to private landowners in Tennessee and other southeastern states. Knowing the differences between these three types can mean the difference between a pond with fantastic fishing and one with mediocre or terrible fishing. No single moment in the history of your pond is as Read more…

Pond Management Tennessee: Beware False Advertising

Sep 21, 2019

Just as in any other field of enterprise, in the pond management world there are competent companies, and there are companies that are less than competent. Unfortunately, the size of the company or how nice their website is does not always reveal the truth about how effective they will be at managing your pond. We’re Read more…