Many people think that turtles are detrimental to fish populations and believe they need to be removed from impoundments. However, the many species of turtles in southern Oklahoma and northern Texas have varied diets and none of them are exclusively fish.
Filamentous algae are a common concern among pond owners. Sometimes referred to as pond scum or incorrectly as moss, filamentous algae include hundreds of species; many are true algae, while several are cyanobacteria.
The amount of water animals consume is affected by many physiological and environmental factors, one of which is the quality of available water.
Aquatic vegetation is the proper name for the moss seen in ponds and other bodies of water. Unfortunately, many people do not view aquatic vegetation in a favorable light.
Monitoring largemouth bass and bluegill populations over time can help pond managers accomplish their goals. A good way to monitor these trends is to conduct hook and line or electrofishing surveys.
Largemouth bass is the most popular fish in south-central Oklahoma and north-central Texas private impoundments. In this area, more landowners manage for and more fishermen fish for largemouth bass than any other species in private impoundments.
Water quality is one of the most overlooked aspects of pond management - until it affects fish production.
Bluegill are an important species when it comes to fisheries management. Bluegill provide an excellent forage for bass due to their ability to reproduce at incredible rates. During one summer, a female bluegill can spawn three times releasing 2,300 to 81,100 eggs per spawn.
When trying to manage an impoundment to be a productive sport fishery, water quality is one of the most important considerations.
The largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) is a member of the sunfish family. This family of fish contains many species, including smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu), bluegill (Lepomis...