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Pond Management Tennessee: Beware False Advertising

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…

Giant from a Different Pond

This was caught this past week from a seven-acre pond we manage in west Tennessee. This pond was stocked as a new pond in March 2016 with 1-2” coppernose bluegill, so this fish is no more than four years old, meaning it still has two years of growth left. If you own a private pond Read more…

Three ounces shy…

I took a couple from San Antonio out yesterday and today for guided bluegill fishing. My high-dollar scale was not working yesterday, so we didn’t get weights, but we had a male northern that would’ve pushed 1.5 pounds, a male coppernose that would’ve gone between 1.5 and 1.75 pounds, and another male coppernose that would’ve Read more…

A Good Day for Giant Bluegill

We have a guide service for trophy bluegill. I took two guys from Indiana out today on a pond managed by Trophy Pond in pursuit of some hawg ‘gills. One of the guys mentioned that his biggest bluegill ever was a one-pounder that he had caught some thirty-odd years ago when he was a kid; Read more…

Why You Need an Electrofishing Survey

Electrofishing has been used by government agencies to survey fish popuiations in public lakes and rivers since the 1950’s; private management companies started using this technique sometime around the late 1980’s. Today it’s far and away the most prevalent method of sampling a fish population, simply because it’s the quickest method to get an accurate Read more…

Big Hand-painted Bluegill from Georgia

In May 2016 we stocked a one-acre pond in central Georgia with 500 hand-painted bluegill that ranged in size from 2-7”, with most of them being on the small side. A little over a year ago the landowner sent me a photo of a hand-paint that weighed just under eighteen ounces. A couple days ago Read more…

Another Very Big Bass from a Small Pond

I have made a few blog posts now about a 1.1-acre pond we have managed since June of 2014. From March through August of 2018, a 6 lb. 5 oz. largemouth bass, a 6 lb. 14 oz. largemouth, a 7 lb. 5 oz. largemouth, and a 7 lb. 13 oz. largemouth were caught from that Read more…

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…