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A broom handle and aluminum pie plate can tell you if you need to fertilize
Where I live in the Midwest, there are few worries regarding pond fertility. The soil is nutrient rich and our farm ponds and lakes can produce ginormous fish. But in some parts of the country,...
A fish with a head shaped like a giant popsicle stick is bringing high dollars to fish farmers
Paddlefish are found in 26 states that have a connection with the Mississippi River basin, but their numbers in the wild have been declining. However, this dinosaur-age fish, an ancient cousin to the...
Take a look at these breath-taking photos of Peace Ranch in Colorado! Does this look like your dream home?
We love seeing what's going on at your place! Here are some favorite reader photos of ponds.
I'm on the north shore of our 3-acre pond. It's lovely this year, with no signs of drought. A goose made a nest on the south side. I scared her off when I walked by. I'm afraid the...
Clean out the pond with a floating vacuum cleaner
If your pond seems to be getting shallower and the weeds getting thicker, it may be time to have it dredged. Dredging removes the sediment layer, making the pond deeper. Less sunlight penetrates the...
Proper fish balance and harvest is the key
In my family, the fish to catch and throw into the frying pan is the crappie. They’re plentiful in our area, and we go after them year-round. Darren Thornhill is a fisheries management...
There are some things you can do now before it starts looking like pea soup
My favorite time to go fishing is early in the spring when the ice is gone, the water is clear, and the algae hasn’t taken over yet. If algae is a constant problem in your pond, nip it before...
Whether you live near a small pond or a big river, get a canoe and enjoy the ride
We have a canoe for paddling around the lake in our town, and also use it for fishing. It's nothing fancy, just a nice stable boat, and it's what we were looking for when it was purchased...
Fish farmers are committed to providing a safe, healthy product
The lake I frequently cast a fishing line into is teaming with good-tasting bluegill and crappies. I've never been concerned about eating the fish. They appear healthy, reproduce well, and...