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Pond Stocking in Taloga OK

Monday, August 28th, 2017
Sep ’17
3:00 pm

Pond Stocking in Taloga OK

Pond Stocking in Taloga OK

Looking for pond stocking in Taloga OK? Stock My Pond visits Wheeler Bros. in Taloga, OK.  The truck will have channel cat, large mouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, fathead minnows, and grass carp.  Find out more on our website.   The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call.  Questions?  Call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768.

Wheeler Brothers Grain Co.
305 E Nobel St,
Taloga, OK 73667
(580) 328-5669

Pond Stocking in Waco, TX

Friday, August 25th, 2017
Nov ’18
4:00 pm

Pond Stocking in Waco, TX

Pond Stocking in Waco, TXLooking for Pond Stocking in Waco, TX? Stock My Pond visits Buzbee Feed & Seed in Waco, Texas.   The truck will have channel cat, large mouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, and fathead minnows.  Find out what type and size fish we offer on our website.   The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call.  Questions?  Call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768

Buzbee Feed & Seed
1701 S Loop 340
Waco, TX 76706
Phone: 254-757-1557

Sign Up Now For The Pond Boss VII Conference & Expo

Thursday, August 24th, 2017
Oct ’17Oct

Pond Boss VII Conference | Stock My PondRegistration for the Pond Boss VII Conference & Expo is open! From Oct 12 through Oct 14, 2017, join the Pond Boss Family at beautiful La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa in Montgomery, Texas. From the Pond Boss Fishing tournament to Saturday night’s Banquet Dinner and silent auction, Pond Boss VII won’t disappoint. Come and learn the latest techniques for managing your private waters, from pond construction to wildlife management.

How to Register

Contact the Pond Boss office (800-687-6075) to register, visit their store to shop for the registration package that best fits your needs or download the registration form.

Program Agenda

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Pond Pro Series – Limited Space – for our pond professionals
Landon Wiet, Aquafix- State of the Microbial Union: Science-based frontiers of microbe
management in ponds and lake. Value-added products for your business

Chris Blood, Texas Hunter Products- Feeding Programs: Best Practices for growing BIG fish

Ken Hale, Boatcycle Manufacturing- Tilapia, Its Place in Ponds Today: How people are using these fish in pond practices

Steven Bardin, Texas Pro Lake Management- Social Media in the Private Fisheries world: How to grow and connect with your audience

Dr. Bruce Condello, Value-added Client ideas: Off the dock ideas

Dr. Claude Boyd, Auburn University- It’s Complicated: Basic water chemistry, how it
affects biology, and how these elements come together

Patrick Goodwin, Vertex Water Features- Research on the Effectiveness of Aeration: Databased evaluation of aeration.

Friday, October 13, 2017
Session I

It All Starts With Water: Absorb how water behaves, explained from the perspective of
seasoned professionals who work with the wet stuff every day.

Bob Lusk, Pond Boss Magazine- Water and Its Majesty: Simple substance, big facts

Dr. Claude Boyd, Auburn University- Water Chemistry for Pondmeisters: What you need to know about your water to make good decisions

Landon Wiet, Aquafix- Analyzing Algae, Beneficial Microbes for Dummies: Cleansing water the natural way

The In’s and Out’s of Pond Construction: So, you’re thinking about building a Pond?
From plans to pitfalls to fulfilling your dreams, listen as these experts take you through the
process. Case studies and real world projects dominate this session.

Mike Otto, Otto’s Dirt Service- Dirt and Water: Getting down and dirty with pond planning

Michael Gray, Gray’s Construction- The Long Odds of Short Cuts: Digging smarter to finish strong

Todd Watts, Pond Boss Subscriber- High-Wattage Pond: Designing and Building the Perfect Ohio Bass Fishing Lake

Dave Sefton, Dave Sefton Excavating- Designing Waterfowl Havens: Building great habitats for our feathered friends

Session II

Pond Management 101: Okay, you have a dream…and you have some water. Take notes as these experts create your roadmap of successful pond management fundamentals that are sure to lead you from Point A to Point Z.

Paul Dorsett, SOLitude Lake Management- Hey, How Do I Stock My Pond?: Helpful hints
for stocking new water

Steven Bardin, Texas Pro Lake Management- Mastering a Pond Plan: Planning beyond the moment, learning how to adjust strategies for your master plan

Greg Grimes, Aquatic Environmental Services- Big Things From Small Ponds: Yes, you
can accomplish big feats in small waters and satiate your appetite

Scott Tucker, Clearwater Lakes and Ponds- Pond Life Down Under: State of the Union in

Wade In: A Deeper Look at Managing Your Waters: The finer points of fisheries
management, growing big fish, and science-based strategies.

Bruce Condello, Inside the Pond, but Outside the Box: Using
unconventional methods to pursue your pond passions

Dr. Michael Masser, Texas A&M Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences Dept.- History of Trophy
Bass Management:
 From then, until now, growing giant bass.

Wes Neal, Mississippi State University- Empirically Speaking: Science-based pond

Bob Lusk, Bob Lusk Outdoors- Non-Traditional Stocking Strategies: Hits and misses on
the way to trophy fish.

Marty Stone; Keynote Address

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Session III

Wildlife Management and Attracting Wildlife: Start scouting out the best spot to mount
your outdoor camera. We’ll be sharing tips and strategies for attracting wildlife, waterfowl
and songbirds…plus a little bit about the bee’s knees.

Bill Benton, Outdoor Properties LLC- The Business of Owning Recreational Land: How to
enjoy and appreciating asset

Dan Van Schaik, Integrated Wildlife Management Company- Attracting Wildlife: Wildlife-friendly habitat improvements

Jim Willis, Wildlife Habitat Federation- Habitat Rehab: Giving back to depleted land

Alvin Dean, Brazos Valley Beekeepers- The Bees Knees, It’s not so hard to do: Valuable knowledge about bees and their impact on your property

Aeration: Moving your water to clean it.

Patrick Goodwin, Vertex Water Features- Nothing but the facts: Aeration Research

Liz Edgerton, Kasco Marine- Get your water to movin’: Different Methods of Aeration

John Redd, Outdoor Water Solution- Off the Grid: Using alternative energy sources for aeration

Luke Keeton, Keeton Industries- Microbes: The many facets of beneficial microbes


Session IV

The Underwater Salad Bar: Aquatic plants – what we want, what we need and how to hedge your strategies for a healthy balance.

Dr. Michael Masser, Texas A&M University Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences Dept.- Methods of Adjusting your Aquatic Plants: Identification, Methods and Healthy protocol of managing your underwater salad bar

Dr. Bruce Richards, Weedoo- Exotic Shoreline Vegetation: Identification and management

Paul Westcott, Lonza- Herbicide Update: Wise about herbicides

Dr. Dan Roelke, Texas A&M University Wildlife and Fisheries Science Dept- Killer Algae: It’s here, now what?

Ken Hale, Boatcycle- Tilapia: From algae to fish tacos

Pimp Out Your Pond: Amenities: Preview the latest toys, joys and creative touches from the experts that can transform your watering hole to the perfect oasis. Add a little bling to make your lake sparkle.

Greg Grimes, Aquatic Environmental Services- Enhancements above the waterline: Ways to enjoy your pond setting

Ty Kleeb, Pig Patrol- Showing Your Work: Revealing your mysteries of the deep and how to catch your big fish

Andy Benson, Mossback Fish Habitat- Rehabing and Renovation: Reviving habitat and improving non-productive pond areas

Nate Herman, Herman Brothers Lake and Land Management- Livin’ the Lake Life: All the fun and games you can have around your pond

Phone Lines Are Down! Alternate Number Here

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

The phones lines are down for Stock My Pond. We are working with AT&T to fix the situation but it’s taking longer than we anticipated.

If you need to reach us please use this alternate number – 501-676-2686.

Thank you for your patience.

Oxygen Depletion

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

“All I need is the air that I breathe” may just be an old song by The Hollies, but if your fish are singing it to you, and you better listen!

We’re halfway through these blistering hot, dry days of July and August when ponds most often suffer oxygen depletion which causes fish populations to drop.

If your pond is experiencing fish die-off, you can almost bet it is from oxygen depletion, as a lack of dissolved oxygen is the most common cause of fish kills in ponds.

When trying to determine if your pond has sufficient aeration, it can be a simple as seeing your fish at the surface in the morning, gulping for air. Morning is the time when there is the lowest amount of dissolved oxygen, as photosynthesis (photo = light and synthesis = make) does not operate at night, so it will be most obvious in the morning if this condition exists. If you see your fish gasping for air, or if your fish are not consuming their pellet feed, the problem is acute and must be addressed immediately.

Gasping fish are a good indicator that oxygen is low, as oxygen is vital to fish, and integral to the ecological processes that keep water inhabitable to aquatic life – both fish and plants. And the factors that add oxygen to your pond water – wind, rain, and waves – they all help, but sometimes oxygen depletion threatens, and it is up to you to stop this thief in its tracks.

Weather is often a direct cause of depleted oxygen, but too hot of temperatures and low water levels are not the only culprits! Yes, oxygen depletion typically occurs when water levels are low, during drought conditions. But rainy and cloudy weather with reduced daylight means less photosynthesis, which means lower levels of oxygen production from plants, which in turn means less oxygen available to your fish on the following day. High winds can do it too, racing across shallow ponds, causing a mixing of the low oxygen water throughout the pond, even more toxic to your fish when dense blooms of algae are present. On the other hand, when there is a case of algae death, you’ll see a change in color from green to gray or brown, with a loss of oxidation within one to two days. As summer weather conditions considerably deviate from those beautiful, spring days with moderate temperatures where easy-going, single celled algae thrive – it’s time to put on your cape and guard your pond against the evils of oxygen depletion!

As August arrives and mid-summer thrives, water warms and so retains less oxygen than cooler water. Consider this: fish are cold-blooded, and they have a rise in metabolic rate when water temperatures rise, which in turn spurs the need for oxygen at the same time that less oxygen is available! So it is a double whammy right about now, as fish often are not getting their oxygen needs met!

This is even more likely when ponds are overstocked, that being too many pounds of fish per surface area of water. It is important to examine the ratio of pounds of fish to the available surface area of water. Knowing surface area is the key element in good pond management, affecting not only determination of adequate aeration for your fish but also impacting many other areas including fish stocking and harvest, herbicide, chemical, fertilization, and alkalinity applications. It is critical that the initial effort is made to correctly measure surface area. Should a pond be of irregular proportions, it can be plotted and broken into a variety of geometric shapes, such as circles, rectangles, triangles and ellipses, then simply apply the proper geometric formula(s) to compute surface area. You can get your formulas from most high school geometry books, or see the links below on measurement procedures. Measure out your pond en masse, or do it in pieces, by feet, then compute the surface area of your pond in acres. Tip: there are 43,560 square feet in an acre.

Once you determine your pond’s surface area, then you can use a rule of thumb that your total pounds of resident fish should not exceed 1,000 pounds per surface acre. Even close to this puts your pond in line to experience oxygen depletion. And don’t talk yourself out of this concern when you have a deep pond, as the water column may stratify, with the upper, warmer layers saturated with oxygen, and the deeper levels depleted of oxygen. This can stress fish and cause a drop in population.

Once you have a good estimate as to the surface area of your pond, you need to estimate your fish population. You know what you stocked and what you’ve taken out so far. To estimate the pounds of fish, simply catch a few fish and weigh them. Multiply your average weight by the estimated number of fish in your pond and you can now compare your pounds of finned friends to the available surface area with confidence. Alternatively, you can shoreline seine, but this is best done during June. If your resident fish population exceeds the recommended population, you have a perfect reason to go fishin’!

But before you’re sauntering off with your reel, you still need to get more oxygen into your pond. And you know, it’s not just your fish that need the oxygen, either! Oxygen is needed for aerobic digestion of algae, ammonia, and nitrates. Plus oxygen is vital in the bacterial decomposition of fish waste, debris and many types of organic matter. The whole pond ecosystem depends on oxygen. It’s time to swing into action!

Aeration is the best way to halt oxygen deprivation. To increase oxygen levels, pond water must be brought into contact with air.

If you have a motorboat, a quick and efficient fix is to back your trailer into shallow water or lodge your boat and allow the motor to run in place, thus aerating the water and saving your fish. You’re a hero!  The prop will function to aerate the water as long as it is stationary; if you are cruising around the pond, then the prop is pushing the boat, not the water, which results in substantially less oxygen absorption.

Another way to aerate is to use a pump, but remember to position the intake a good two to three feet below the surface. Alternately, you can pull water from near the surface and spray it back across the pond. There are many types of pumps and aeration systems to help you combat even the murkiest water and pond muck via submerged and surface equipment, but take care to consider the pros and cons of each approach, to see what best addresses your situation. For example, when extreme masses of anaerobic material are present, as toxic hydrogen sulfates may escape and poison your fish, you must continue with caution and knowledge to properly handle your particular situation.

Should you discover you have an emergency situation, you can put together a paddlewheel to run off the PTO of a farm tractor. The paddlewheel is used to break up the water into droplets which absorb oxygen from the air.

So the next time you hear The Hollies’ winsome tune, give a thought to your fish! Don’t wait until they’re gasping at the surface.


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