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Management of Recreational and Farm Ponds in Louisiana
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A farm pond or recreational pond can serve many purposes: a source of food, an aesthetic enhancement to property, a sportfishing opportunity, a swimming area, wildlife habitat, or a reservoir for livestock, irrigation and fire fighting needs. The intended purpose or purposes should be well thought out before construction and stocking. This publication reviews planning considerations and management recommendations relating to a number of potential uses for small ponds in Louisiana.

Species Profiles for Stocking
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When considering what fish to stock, determine your objectives in terms of food production, recreation, aesthetics or trophy angling and how much time you have to devote to pond management. Although many types of fish could be stocked into recreational ponds, few have the characteristics needed to provide quality fishing year after year.

Springtime Problems
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Springtime diseases and oxygen losses in fish ponds are common throughout the Southeast.

Aquatic Weed Management: Herbicide Safety, Technology and Application Techniques
Herbicide Safety, Technology and Application Techniques

Aquatic herbicides are chemicals used to kill aquatic plants or severely interrupt their growth. About 200 herbicides are registered by the EPA for use in the United States, but only six are labeled for use in aquaculture sites. It is important that aquaculturists use these registered herbicides in a safe and effective manner.

Aquatic Weed Management: Herbicides
Herbicides
Herbicides are just one method of managing aquatic weeds. There are also: 1) preventive methods such as proper pond site selection and construction, fertilization andperiodic draw-downs; 2) biological methods such as grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella); and 3) mechanical methods such as cutting, seining and raking. Using a combination of methods is the most effective method of managing aquatic weeds.
Using Grass Carp in Aquaculture and Private Impoundments
Using Grass Carp in Aquaculture
Grass carp can effectively control aquatic vegetation, particularly submerged vegetation. The key to using grass carp is to stock the proper number based on their vegetation preferences, the water temperature, and the biomass and pond coverage of the plants.
Pond Habitat Development
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Habitat is extremely important in supporting a successful fishery in your pond. This article provides information on depth considerations, habitat complexity and creating spawning areas for your fish.
Renovation of Ponds
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This document gives tips and information on renovating ponds to remove undesirable fish species.
Water Quality
This document discusses the importance of water quality to a recreational pond and water quality characteristics.
Liming Ponds
This document provides information about when liming might be necessary and lime application methods.
Fertilization
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Description:Proper use of fertilizer can increase fish yields two to five times. Fish are easier to catch in fertilized ponds because plankton turbidity limits their vision, causing them to be less wary. Plankton blooms also reduce light penetration to pond bottoms, preventing growth of troublesome aquatic weeds.
Turbidity - Muddy Water
This document discusses causes of muddy pond water and ways to prevent and control it.
Stocking Procedures
This article discusses the procedures that should be taken to maximize the health of fingerlings when stocking your recreational pond.
Managing Bass and Bream Populations
This document discusses the importance of managing bass and bream populations in your recreational pond and provides management recommendations.