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Removal of Unwanted Fish in Recreational Fish Ponds

Removal of Unwanted and Overpopulated Species of Fish is part three of seven in the Management of Recreational Fish Ponds series.

Fish populations in poorly managed ponds usually become out of balance and may become contaminated with unw…

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Weed Control and Wildlife Enhancement in Recreational Fish Ponds

Weed Control and Wildlife Enhancement is part seven of seven in the Management of Recreational Fish Ponds series.

Aquatic weeds are a common problem in farm ponds. Some aquatic vegetation might be good for the pond. Rooted aquatic vegeta…

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Evaluation of Pond Balance in Recreational Fish Ponds

Evaluation of Pond Balance is part six of seven in the Management of Recreational Fish Ponds series.

Managers should conduct an evaluation of bond balance every 1 to 2 years if fishing quality is unsatisfactory. District fisheries biolog…

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Fertilization and Liming in Recreational Fish Ponds

Fertilization and Liming is part four of seven in the Management of Recreational Fish Ponds series.

Fertilization provides planktonic algae with nutrients for growth much the same as fertilizing pasture increases grass yields. Proper f…

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Harvesting and Record Keeping in Recreational Fish Ponds

Harvesting and Record Keeping is part five of seven in the Management of Recreational Fish Ponds series.

Ponds should not be fished for at least 1 year after bass are stocked to let the bass reproduce. Once fishing begins, harvest the ba…

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Pond Construction and Watershed Management in Recreational Fish Ponds

Pond Construction and Watershed Management is part one of seven in the Management of Recreational Fish Ponds series.

Alabama has about 250,000 small ponds covering more than 134,000 acres. Ponds are usually built for several purposes: ir…

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Species Selection and Stocking in Recreational Fish Ponds

Species Selection and Stocking is part two of seven in the Management of Recreational Fish Ponds series.

The choice of fish to stock depends on the pond owner’s goals and on the resources available. It is very difficult to manage a pon…

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A Guide to Analyzing Forestry Profit Potential

… poles. Other sources of income from forestland include hunting permits, pine straw harvesting, agroforestry, and other recreational permits such as fishing or camping. Forest management often involves a long planning horizon that can span …

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Forest Roads and Construction of Associated Water Diversion Devices

…ess for fire-fighting equipment. Periodic inspection for insects and disease is also facilitated by a good road system. Recreational pursuits such as hunting and camping are more easily pursued if a forest has a good road system. Intermedia…

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Understanding the Types of Water Pollution

…hese pollutants can harm fish and wildlife populations, kill native vegetation, foul drinking water supplies,
and make recreational areas unsafe and unpleasant. Designing urban development to minimize runoff can help to protect water quali…

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Making and Using a Secchi Disk to Measure Pond Clarity

In recreational fishing ponds that are fertilized, water clarity is the most important indicator to tell you when it is time to fertilize again. In this video, Jill Malecki, a graduate student in the Auburn University School of Fisheries, d…

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Identifying Pond Plants

Pond plants can have both positive and negative effects on recreational fishing ponds. When deciding if a plant needs to be controlled and how to control it, it is important to identify the plant. Some of the terms used by plant biologists …

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Alkalinity and Hardness Tests for Lime Needs

…Auburn University School of Fisheries, describes how to use LaMotte test kits to measure the alkalinity and hardness in recreational fishing pond water.

Alkalinity and hardness are important to the productivity and stability of ponds. If…

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Water Use in Alabama

…ritical transportation avenues and links, maintain wildlife (habitat and diversity), and provide many opportunities for recreation. Management of these water resources must be based on periodic comprehensive assessments of the amount of wat…

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