Fish Pond Water Quality: As Simple as Chemistry 101

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.

Let's Clear the Waters

When trying to manage an impoundment to be a productive sport fishery, water quality is one of the most important considerations.

The Largemouth Bass

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...

Pond Surface Area Measurement is Important

Surface area is one of the most important pieces of information that a manager needs to appropriately manage a pond. Yet it is surprising how many people estimate or guess a pond's surface area rather than measure it.

Explanations for Some 'Fishy Questions'

As you might expect, a lot of questions regarding fishing are generated during the summer. The following are examples of some of those questions, followed by explanations.

Proper Management Ensures Good Quality Fisheries in Ponds

Successful sport fish management in ponds addresses the physical or structural attributes of a pond, water quality, plant community, fish stocking, fish harvest, monitoring and records.

Barrier Offers Relief From Beaver-Created Flooding

A cost-effective, easily portable barrier that prevents drainage cuts in beaver dams from being repaired could offer temporary relief from beaver-created floodwater.

Rotenone Can Remove Undesirable Fish From a Pond

Humans have been using rotenone for centuries to harvest fish and manipulate fish communities.

Think About Use Before Constructing Ponds

Many landowners are building and stocking new ponds, as well as re-stocking old ponds that dried up, with fish to increase water reserves and provide fisheries for family enjoyment or income. It's good to take time to consider all of the values that ponds have to offer before actually beginning the dirt work.