Free Download of : Farm Pond Management for Recreational Fishing
A sportfish lake or farm pond is a complex system, but there are so many similarities to gardening and agriculture that most pond owners are able to quickly understand the important principles.
In a catfish pond, the sun provides energy to grow microscopic plants (plankton), tiny animals feed on the plankton, bigger animals feed on those animals and then the big fish eat them.
In a pasture, the sun shines on the plants, the plants convert the solar energy into food and the cattle eat the plants. The farmer manages soil chemistry and fertilizes to increase the growth of pasture plants so more cattle can be grown. In the same way, the production of fish is increased if water chemistry is adjusted and fertilizers added to increase growth of the tiny plants that are the first step in the food
chain. The farmer can further increase production by using prepared cattle feeds to supplement the natural productivity of the pasture. Likewise, feeding commercial pelleted feeds can increase fish production. The main difference between raising cattle and raising fish is the water……