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Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: Biggest Hand-paint Yet

We have been raising hand-painted bluegill commercially since October 2014 when we stocked our first brood stock that we had caught from the Apalachicola River in Florida into a 3/4-acre pond in middle Tennessee that had been dug expressly for them; we had our first hatch of fry the following May. Last October we weighed Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: An Average Day for Trophy Bluegill

When landowners ask me what to expect in terms of the quality of fishing that can be developed in a pond managed for trophy bluegill, I tell them that it’s possible to have a pond where the bluegill average three-quarters of a pound or better, and you catch bluegill over a pound every time you Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: A Pond Primed to Grow Giant Bluegill

We have posted previously on the difference freshwater grass shrimp, specifically the cold-tolerant species Palaemonetes kadiakensis, can make for a pond.  I realize that some pond owners may think us pond guys exaggerate, so toward that end, I’m posting this photo: In May of 2018, we stocked a two-acre pond in middle Tennessee with the Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: Giant Bass from a Small Pond

So I’ve made a few other posts about this particular pond in the last few months, because it’s a prime example of the difference between us and our competitors. We’re growing at a pretty good clip, but we’re still smaller than multiple other lake management companies that work in this region; I have contended for Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: Crappie in Ponds

Crappie are a favorite sportfish in the U.S., and many pond owners want to stock them in their ponds. However, crappie tend not to do well in smaller impoundments, which is why most states including Tennessee recommend not stocking them. While there has been research in the last two decades geared toward finding a workable Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: the Truth about Coppernose Bluegill, part 2

We have made posts previously about the widespread misinformation that’s out there about the viability of coppernose bluegill for Tennessee ponds.  Some online sources advise pond owners that coppernose won’t live in ponds north of I-40; one fish farm in the state tells all of its customers that coppernose won’t survive our winters, anywhere in the Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management and Tennessee Pond Management: Aquatic Plants: the Engine for Your Pond’s Natural Food Web

When I was a teenager, Kentucky Lake was not known nationally as a premier bass fishing location. But a few years later, low water levels from drought conditions resulted in clearer water which in turn led to greatly increased levels of aquatic vegetation – the new plant growth, in turn, resulted in a boom in Read more…

Tennessee Lake and Tennessee Pond Management: grass shrimp

Freshwater grass shrimp are like caviar to bluegill.  If you’re trying to grow monster bluegill in your pond, and you haven’t stocked grass shrimp, you’re missing the boat. There are two freshwater species found in North America, Palaemonetes paludosus and Palaemonetes kadiakensis; kadiakensis is the species you want to stock in your pond if you Read more…

Tennessee Lake and Pond Management: A couple decent coppernose bluegill

We moved sixteen coppernose a couple weeks ago from a half-acre pond on a property that is now for sale, to a one-acre pond on another property.  There were a couple that were only in the one-pound range; the rest would have averaged 1.75-2 lbs. each.  A couple may have gone over two pounds:

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…

Tennessee Lake Management: the Truth about F1 Largemouth bass

There was a time when I stocked F-1s regularly. Most other pond management companies working in this state still stock F-1s almost exclusively. F-1s are raised by far more fish farms in the southeast than are pure Floridas, which makes them much easier to procure consistently; and my competitors are all about doing things the Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management: Beware Companies that Care More about Their Bottom Line than Your Pond

A few months ago I made a blog post in which I shared some facts about the differences between F1 and pure Florida largemouth. Toward the end of the post, I linked to an article from a university extension service that is concise and very informative on this topic. Said extension service has hundreds of Read more…

Tennessee Lake Management: Are You Getting the Most out of Your Lake?

Fisheries scientists have long recognized that the size of a water body plays a significant role in the ultimate sizes attained by the fish in that water body. If you own a lake of five acres or more and you’re paying a management company to manage it for you, but you’re not consistently catching fish Read more…