An Electrofishing Assessment involves the use of a specially designed and equipped electrofishing boat that allows our biologists to obtain a representative sample of the fish population in a pond or lake. The fish are stunned by an electrical current and are captured with a dip net and placed in a live well. The fish are measured and weighed, and then returned to the pond unharmed. This process allows us to evaluate the status of the fish population in order to make management recommendations for the lake or pond. From the data collected during electrofishing, we can determine what species of fish are present in the water body, as well as the relative abundance of each size group of bass and bluegill. We can also determine the condition (fat or skinny) of the game fish in each size group.
In addition to the fish population assessment, a water quality analysis will be conducted at our laboratory to determine if your pond has the proper range of pH and if the lake or pond needs liming. We will survey and identify all aquatic plants and make recommendations for control. Finally, the physical characteristics of the pond will be examined to identify potential problems. All of the observations and data that are collected will be included in a comprehensive report. The report will include recommendations that are tailored to the specific goals of each pond owner. Electrofishing is an excellent way to determine the condition of your pond and fish population especially before you begin to change or intensify management strategies.