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Mystery Solved, Or: Three in Five Months

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…