Webinar on fish and pond management strategies on May 17

A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service webinar on May 17 will cover the basics of fish and pond management to maintain a healthy food chain and maximize sport fish production.

Pond management strategies help pond owners meet their fish production goals, whether it’s angling opportunities for trophy bass or food production. (File photo)

Registration is $35. The program will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The webinar program will cover the proper management and harvesting needed to maintain healthy fish populations, said Todd Sink, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension’s aquaculture specialist and director of the Aquatic Diagnostics Laboratory at AgriLife Extension, Bryan-College Station.

“Catch and release is for large lakes,” Sink said. “Managing small ponds requires harvesting fish, especially predatory fish such as bass and catfish, to maintain a balanced food chain that supports your sport fish. It may seem counterintuitive to many people, but harvesting more bass will lead to bigger bass in your pond.

Strategies to help pond owners achieve their goals

The program will cover fish management strategies for ponds and lakes, including the pond food chain, what it takes to raise abundant or large fish, fertilization programs, fish feed and l feeding fish, and sampling the fish population.

Sink will also cover the many common problems encountered within a fish population and how to determine if your pond is suffering from stunted fish.

He will discuss how to produce trophy bass, trophy bluegill/crappie, trophy catfish and also black crappie management strategies that can be used in ponds or lakes. The types of structures and fish attractors that can be added to a pond or lake to improve fishing will also be discussed.

Sink will be joined by Brittany Chesser, AgriLife Extension Aquatic Vegetation Program Specialist, Bryan-College Station. Chesser will answer questions in an accompanying discussion forum. There will be a 30-minute question and answer period following the presentation to address specific scenarios for attendees and their ponds.

Pay with a credit card to receive immediate instructions for accessing the webinar. Instructions for accessing the webinar will not be emailed until payment has been received. Upon completion of registration and payment, attendees will receive an email from [email protected] that will include a receipt, registration confirmation, and instructions for accessing the webinar.

“This course covers topics that I get a ton of calls on every year,” he said. “This webinar takes information from a webinar last year because it was so popular and many attendees requested it again. It will help you avoid issues like stunted fish and help you achieve goals. you’ve set your sights on for your pond, whether it’s food production, recreational fishing or trophy fish production.


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