There are several considerations to be taken in fishpond management. During the first of a three-part webinar series, Dr. Laura Tiu and Daniel Leonard talk about how to manage your pond to optimize its health.
Considerations on liming your pond, fertilizing your aquatic vegetation and how to manage dissolved oxygen are topics address in this recording.
The webinar in its entirety can be viewed at: Fish Camp: Pond Health
One of the recommended methods of tracking the health of your pond is enjoyable! As a pond manager you should be gathering simple information about the fish you catch. By tracking the fish that you catch, you can look at presence, size distribution and relative abundance of adult fish populations, which is directly linked to the health of your body of water.
When logging your catch, the following should be considered:
- Date – You will want to evaluate the catches from the same time of year over several years
- Weight- not only is the length of the fish important but also collect the weight
- Type/Species of each fish caught and approximate maturity of that fish
By logging your catches over the years, you will begin to see trends and have more information to make pond management decisions. More helpful information can be found at: