Surface Water

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…

Water Conservation Still Vital

AUBURN, Ala.— Farmers and residents alike welcomed rains across Alabama in late November, but an Alabama Extension water resource expert says one rain does not break a drought. Dr. Eve Brantley says the drought will persist and water conservation is…

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…