An Electrofishing Service Assessment involves the use of a specially designed and equipped electrofishing boat. This special equipment 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. As a result, they are easily 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. With this data we can appropriate recommendations fir pond management and lake management. Furthermore, data collected during electrofishing enables us to determine what species of fish are present in the water body. We can also determine the relative abundance of each size group of bass and bluegill. Plus, we have insights into the condition (fat or skinny) of the game fish in each size group.
In addition to the fish population assessment, a water quality analysis is conducted at our laboratory. The water analysis determines if your pond has the proper range of pH. It can also indicate 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 are 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 tailored to the specific goals of each pond owner. Electrofishing is an excellent way to determine the condition of your pond and fish population. This is important information to have before you begin to change or intensify management strategies.
American Sport Fish provides electrofishing service throughout the southeast area. Call to discuss scheduling and prices with one of our biologists. Also, be sure to ask about our pond management and lake management services.