Forestry & Wildlife

Dealing with Shoreline Growth

Although it is not an issue during the time of drought, terrestrial plant growth on the newly exposed shoreline sediments of a pond during the time of drought will impact management once rains return. Some species more adapted to aquatic…

Fish Crowding and Pond Imbalance

In a drought, sport fish in ponds can be concentrated to the point at which predator (largemouth bass) and prey (bream) are literally side-by-side one another. Throughout this process, bluegill and other prey fish populations are often decimated by bass.…

Opportunities for Pond Renovation: Docks, Structures and Cover

Remediation – Docks, Cover, and Structure The chance to more easily replace or create a dock, structure and cover in recreational fish ponds is another ‘positive’ brought on by drought. If fishing is a point of interest, then having areas…

Fish Kills During Droughts

During a drought, the phones of Alabama Extension county offices will ring with reports of fish kills. These kills happen for two primary reasons: low water that creates crowding and poor water quality or oxygen depletions from over-fertilization and/or excessive weed…

Opportunities for Pond Renovation

Remediation – Dredging & Leaks Most everything associated with a drought seems negative, and that certainly is the case for most facets of pond management. However, there are a few opportunities that a drought offers that regular weather patterns and…