Take your pond to the next level- Produce trophy fish like never before!
There are many aspects of managing a trophy fishing pond/lake.At the center of trophy fishery management is top to bottom balance through the food chain.Creating an environment that allows vigorous population growth from the bacterial level to the top predator level requires careful planning and management.
Equipping the pond with a properly sized pond aerator helps sustain all levels of life in the pond. Aeration also extends the life of the pond itself by enhancing the vigorous biological activity.
There are often multiple and competing management goals for a pond.When trophy fish are desired, the highest production is reached by facilitating nutrient levels that generate planktonic algae growth. This provides a food source for zooplankton, which supports small bait fish. These bait fish then provide a full balanced meal for the top trophy predators. In some regions of the country this management approach just doesn’t work. A common issue with many pond owners is, they want the trophy fish, but also want crystal clear water. Can you have both?
Additional steps can be taken to promote fish growth without triggering planktonic algae blooms. FEED THEM! Providing quality food has great importance. High protein levels and quality ingredients yield larger fish in shorter grow times. Cheap foods not only lead to lower growth rates for the same amount of feed, they also produce more waste in pond water. For regimented feeding, use a timed feeder to provide meals to the fish multiple times per day.
Don’t forget about habitat...To have a balanced ecosystem you need habitat. Fish need places to lay their eggs, and small places to hide from larger fish. Artificial habitats can help you to achieve this goal. Although branches and old trees can be used for habitat, they begin breaking down after 3-5 years and turn to muck. Installing artificial habitat creates a life-long fishing sweet spot. In case you didn’t know, large fish hang out around the outskirts of the habitats to feed!