Athletes attend intensive training camps before a new season.  If there were a training camp for pond managers, all of us would be getting on a bus today to begin planning the 2012 lake management season that opens in March.  Do you have a game plan?

New seasons bring different challenges like last summer. Long-term success relies on regular follow-up.  Consistency is key.  Ponds are no different from landscaping or gardens.  They must be cultivated to maximize potential.  Our coaching staff can review your goals and prepare a successful program.

The exciting growth of pond management science has created cutting-edge tools.  Many have veteran consultants even shaking their heads.  Have you checked out water quality monitoring equipment at our on-line store?  These instruments can be invaluable if water levels don’t return to normal by summer.

Do you know why we use fertilization or dyes to manage vegetation?  You may be surprised.  Why should you conduct a standard water sample test before fertilizing?  This discussion will ensure a healthier plankton bloom.  What percentage of your pond can support fish activity during warm months after thermoclines stratify?  Would you believe only the upper half of water column? The bottom half is void of oxygen. Inquire how aeration increases productivity top to bottom.

Here’s a growing trend.  At some point, most folks experience annoying algae.  In the past, they attempted to control it with remedies recommended by a distant cousin.  Ask us about our scientific plan utilizing aeration, tilapia, and microbes.  It’s an effective combination on our most challenging algae projects.  What are microbes and how do they work? Call for the rest of the story.

Have you conducted a lake survey in the past two years to evaluate fish health and population balance?  If you’re catching only small bass, it should tell you why.  Do you have a small pond used only to water livestock?  We’ll show you how to develop the idle pond into a bluegill hatchery for valuable bass forage.  The list goes on.

We even have a band of brothers and sisters who meet regularly at Bass Pro Shop’s Big Cedar Lodge near Branson, MO, to discuss latest management techniques.  Join us October 11-14, 2012, for our fall conference in the Ozarks.  Meet the nation’s pond authorities.  See latest products demonstrated at an on-the-water trade show.   You’ll get hooked.  Visit to register.

Bob has blown the whistle.  It’s time to kickoff a new season.  Don’t stand by the pond wishing you could do something to improve it.  Let’s form coop management groups with neighbors or friends who just bought new property.  We can help those wishes come true.


Thanks for your business,


Bob Lusk – Chad Fikes – Joshua Flowers – Walter Bassano