Turn Your Infertile Pond Into Fishing Heaven

Turn Your Infertile Pond Into Fishing Heaven

Here are eight steps that will help you transform an infertile fishing pond into the fishery of your dreams.

A private pond can be a place for family and friends to enjoy fishing and have hours of relaxation. (File photo)


Editor's note: Owning your own fishing pond can be a wonderful thing  —  a place for family and friends to enjoy catching bass, bluegills, catfish and other species, put healthy food on our tables and have hours of relaxation.



Being a pond owner also can be hard work, especially if you're dealing with an infertile pond and wanting to improve the quality of your fishing experience.

Here are eight steps to make your infertile pond into fishing heaven.




But first: Read this story and view the videos in a recently posted article entitled Build a Better Fishing Pond.


  • Step 1: Develop a plan, including needed renovations and construction and types of fish you hope to catch. Then meet with a professional fisheries biologist and discuss the expertise, time requirements and financing necessary to achieve your objectives.
  • Step 2: Sample the pond's fish to determine the fishery's status, including numbers and sizes of game fish and forage fish. This is usually done by fishing, seining and electrofishing, some of which may have to be done by a professional.
  • Step 3: Discuss with a biologist ways for achieving a properly balanced fish population such as killing out a pond with too many rough fish, keeping smaller fish you catch or stocking forage fish.
  • Step 4: Evaluate water chemistry to determine pH, alkalinity and hardness, then get professional help to interpret the results and make needed changes.
  • Step 5: Evaluate available fish habitat, and follow a biologist's recommendations for providing ideal cover and structure for different species and age classes.
  • Step 6: Get professional advice on stocking types of fish you want. If you don't stock at proper rates, fish could get overpopulated and stunted, or you may not have enough forage fish to keep game fish healthy.
  • Step 7 is necessary if you want big fish; if so, consider implementing a fish-feeding program.
  • Step 8: Record what you catch, and follow professional advice on what fish to harvest.

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

Recommended for You

We're told to pay attention to the lunar phases. What do bass pros think? Bass

MLF Pros: What's With the Moon?

G&F Online Staff

We're told to pay attention to the lunar phases. What do bass pros think?

The Pennsylvania man's trophy fish was more than two pounds heavier than the previous record. Records

No Kidding: Angler Smashes Record for Lake Trout

Scott Bernarde - May 21, 2019

The Pennsylvania man's trophy fish was more than two pounds heavier than the previous record.

Try these tips to improve your wild boar hunting skill set. Hogs

Quick Tips: How to Spot and Stalk a Hog

Ian Nance - May 28, 2019

Try these tips to improve your wild boar hunting skill set.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

13 Fishing Inception SZ

13 Fishing Inception SZ

Florida angling pro Jessie Mizell knows that the saltwater found in Sunshine State coastal fisheries can wreak havoc on even the best fishing gear. But with 13 Fishing's new feature laden Inception SZ saltwater baitcasting reel, tackling inshore and light tackle saltwater game fish just got a whole lot easier!

Mustad

Mustad's Inkvader Octopus Live Jig

From big fish to small, just about any saltwater game fish out there will love the new Mustad Inkvader Octopus Live Jig that Mustad's Russ Whisler shows to OSG's Lynn Burkhead.

Mustad

Mustad's Saltwater Jig Lineup

Russ Whisler shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead the innovative features and great color schemes in Mustad's voluminous lineup of saltwater jigs introduced at ICAST 2019.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

We all have our Catfish

10 Secret Catfish Baits You Didn't Know About

Anietra Hamper - April 02, 2015

We all have our "swear by" bait for catfish. For me, it is chicken liver, live shad or my...

Unlike many game fish, catfish can be harder to catch during the spawn. Here are some strategies. Catfish

Understanding Catfish Spawning

Keith Sutton - June 06, 2006

Unlike many game fish, catfish can be harder to catch during the spawn. Here are some...

 Veteran bass anglers often dismiss urban fishing opportunities as Bass

Bass Pond Fishing: Catch Lunkers at Small Lakes Near You

Dan Anderson - February 13, 2018

Veteran bass anglers often dismiss urban fishing opportunities as "kid's fishing ponds," but...

See More Stories

More Other Freshwater

Game & Fish editors takes a look at new tackle boxes, storage containers and other accessories Other Freshwater

Gear Storage: New Tackle Boxes, Backpacks & Bags

Game & Fish Online Staff - July 24, 2018

Game & Fish editors takes a look at new tackle boxes, storage containers and other...

There is no greater fish that swims than the mighty muskellunge. Other Freshwater

Fall Muskies On Live Suckers

October 10, 2018

There is no greater fish that swims than the mighty muskellunge.

A bow has to work with an individual in fit and performance, and if it doesn't, the whole process suffers. Stories

Carp Busting: Quality Gear is Key to Your Best Bowfishing

Tony J. Peterson

Sponsored By
AMS Hooligan Bowfishing

See More Other Freshwater

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×