Pond Resource Management
At Bo-Jo Fishlight, we of course sell fishing light products for pond, lake and stream situations. We feel that our lights can be a useful contribution to nearly any pond or lake management plan. They are a cost effective, ecologically responsible, natural feeding device that gives your fish a high protein food source that they actually enjoy.
Whether you have a fishing pond or a koi pond, a Bo-Jo light might be a useful addition to your management plan.
Let’s face it. Bo-Jo Fishlight or not, good fishing in ponds seldom happens without careful planning and management. For successful recreational fishing, ongoing management is critical. Two outstanding free guides to pond management are linked at the bottom of this page.
Fish Pond Basics
To maximize the Carrying Capacity of your pond, you need to maintain a balance of population, stocking and harvesting. Beyond the Nitrogen/Potassium/Phosphorous mix of your pond’s ecosystem, a pond’s basic building block for its aquatic food pyramid is phytoplankton (a microscopic algae), that is then consumed by zooplankton.
Zoo plankton is then eaten by crustaceans like snails, aquatic insects, and juvenile fish. Forage fish species such as bream next gobble up the snails, insects and smaller fish. The forage species then become prey to the predator fish species in your pond, such as largemouth bass.
If you want to harvest more and bigger fish, we recommend that you fertilize your pond to increase its carrying capacity (total fish production).
Fishing (Harvesting) is Important!
Your fish harvest should be spread out over the year, and removal of a ratio three to four times higher (in pounds) of forage fish to predatory fish is strongly recommended by experienced pond managers. Many people keep logs of their fishing.