Game Fishing is an ever increasingly popular sport and many people around the world have developed a passion for this relaxing yet often exciting pass-time. Lake fishing in particular has grown in popularity and yet very few people question or even think about the work and effort that goes into maintaining these lakes and their local fish population.
Simply put, the rate at which fish are caught is so high that there is a certain level of maintenance and involvement that is required in order to make it possible to maintain. Not so indifferent to raising cattle in fact, or growing and harvesting a crop. There are certain laws of practice that need to be applied; things that you must do and things that you don’t.
In aeration and pond management a strategy usually incorporates essential and non-essential elements. Naturally the essential elements are those that are irrefutably required in a particular environment in order to achieve successful fishery management. And then the non-essential elements are optional based on the over-all end results that the lake manager wishes to achieve. For example a lake that’s primary purpose is for Game Fishing will ultimately have to be managed differently to a lake where fishing is allowed though holding onto the catch is not.
The issue that some people face when practicing lake management is that they fail to maintain a strict level of consistency and commitment and then wonder why their plan falls to pieces. Crop and cattle management strategies for example have been tried tested and refined for years – whereas pond and lake management has experienced a recent development in technology and understanding and so is still somewhat in its infancy. Once you recognise just how sensitive a Lake Environment and ecosystem really is you will understand the importance of following a strict management regime.
Pond and Lake Management is Only as Complicated and Difficult as you Make it
It doesn’t matter if you’re developing a new lake or simply renovating an existing one, lake management starts during the design and construction stages. For new lakes one of the most important things to consider is finding the right spot to build it. Soil type, topographic features and the total area of the watershed are just a few of the vital parameters to be considered when selecting a site that will enable successful lake management down the line.
Insuring that the sides of the lake are properly sloped, an adequate depth is allowed and that clay is thoroughly layered to prevent undue seepage are all a necessary part of the preliminary lake-management process. Trying to manage a lake where some of these essential elements were neglected in the early stages can become a near impossible task, especially if you’re trying to develop a successful fishery – in short: pond and lake management can be an entirely uncomplicated process provided that the right level of care and attention is afforded in the early stages.
Once your lake is established and stocked with the correct balance of fish, other vital aspects of maintaining a healthy and balanced ecosystem should be tended to and adjusted every now and again in order to best preserve the populations. A decent fertilisation schedule for example encourages Phytoplankton which is an essentiality for imparting a healthy colour to the water and is the basis of the food chain. It is also important to periodically check the fish population, weed growth, water quality and dissolved oxygen levels. It sounds like an awful lot of hard work but it really is not provided that you afford the right level of care and attention to detail.