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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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Aquatic Resources Team: Project Activities & Impacts 2017

Alabama is a water-rich state with more than 132,000 miles of rivers and streams, 3.6 million acres of wetlands, 60 miles of Gulf of Mexico coastline, the most extensive artificial reef system in the United States, and 560,000 acres of lake…

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Water Corrosivity and Your Plumbing System

Corrosivity is defined as the condition of water that causes it to dissolve metals, such as those in metallic plumbing, at an excessive rate. All water is somewhat corrosive, but these primary factors make water highly corrosive (sometimes …

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Water Access Issues in Alabama

All along Alabama’s rivers, lakes, bayous, and bays, towns small and large rely on water access to support their economies. The state, therefore, is taking steps to ensure that there is water access for traditional uses for its future gen…

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Using Grass Carp to Control Weeds in Alabama Ponds

Controlling vegetation in ponds is critical to good management. Too much vegetation interferes with fishing, swimming, and boating. Nutrients that could be stimulating algae, which effectively support fish production, are used by weedy plan…

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Trout Producers and Dealers

Following is a list of trout producers and dealers. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University do not endorse these individuals or companies or the services and products they provide. This is a partial list of supplies k…

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Timetable for Pond Owner Services

The Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (DWFF) of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources provides a variety of services for the private pond owner. These services include, pond balance checks, fish kill inves…

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Tilapia Producers and Dealers

Following is a list of tilapia producers and dealers. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University do not endorse these individuals or companies or the services and products they provide. This is a partial list of supplies…

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Threadfin Shad Producers and Dealers

Following is a list of threadfin shad (Dorosoma petenense) producers and dealers. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University do not endorse these individuals or companies or the services and products they provide. This i…

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The Jubilee Phenomenon

Jubilee! This cry is eagerly awaited each summer by Mobile Bay residents. They are excited by the prospect of gigging hundreds of flounder or catching tubs of crabs in just a few hours.

Although jubilees have been reported in other areas…

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Suppliers for Minnows and Shiners

Following is a list of suppliers for minnows and shiners. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University do not endorse these individuals or companies or the services and products they provide. This is a partial list of supp…

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Shrimp in Alabama

Shrimp, along with crabs, lobsters, and crayfish, are among the kinds of invertebrates called decapods (ten feet) that are included in the class Crustacea. There are about 8,500 species of decapods, including 2,000 species of shrimp, in the…

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Relative Weight: An Easy-to-Measure Index of Fish Condition

Fisheries biologists use many different tools and techniques to determine the proper management of fish populations in our lakes, streams, and ponds. Some of these techniques are fairly simple and can be used by pond owners to help manage t…

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