men on a lake survey boat

The first step for successful management is conducting a lake survey to assess fish health and set goals.  Prior to beginning the survey, be prepared to discuss goals with the biologist.  It provides valuable information to compare with observations while traversing the lake.  Now to the fun part.  Climb in the boat. You can stand on the bow and enjoy a hands-on experience.  Help net fish.  At the end of the day, you’ll have a whole new perspective of the lake and its future. Surveys are highly informative and entertaining.  All fish collected are released unharmed, except those that fall within the harvest slot.  Here’s what we’ll do:

  • Collect a sample of fish species.
  • Weigh and measure bass to assess their development.
  • Evaluate the forage base.
  • Inspect vegetation conditions.
  • Review fish habitat.
  • Discuss harvest history.
  • Test water quality.
  •  Review supplemental feeding programs.
  • Explain how fertilization can increase lake production.
  • Identify other potential features to attain optimum production of this valuable resource.

After the survey, we review the results and answer questions. The biologist will analyze findings and prepare a comprehensive report summarizing survey data.  It includes graphs with relative weight of bass, plus a population profile of age classes.  The report will outline recommendations to achieve your goals.  It provides valuable material to make informed decisions for a successful plan. Surveys are sampling techniques.  We sample fish from select areas until determining we have an accurate profile of the fishery.

Base size classes

Next, build above-average bluegill numbers to achieve three advantages for a strong food chain. First, small fish grow up in your lake, become conditioned to your water, your habitat, and adjust to environmental conditions for long-term success. Second, stocking higher numbers gives an advantage using percentages to grow more numbers of big bluegills. Stocking large numbers increases the chances of growing larger sizes. Third, stocking higher numbers of bluegill builds a sound food chain.

man holding a large mouth bass

Our work is not just about fishing.  It’s about:

  • Respect for Natures critters that call your lake(s) home.
  • Sitting on a lake and texting a picture of the biggest fish you ever landed to someone special.
  • Observing the acrobatics of a trophy bass leaping from the water as it attempts to shake your lure.
  • Being with a youth angler when they catch a fish you’ll talk about forever.

Let’s do something special for your lake(s).  You’ll be impressed with the results!  Contact us to set up your lake survey