2011 Fishing

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Legacy Elementary School Fifth Graders Fish Project Pond, May 19, 2011

Sport Fish Restoration

The pond is an artificial habitat that makes it relatively easy for humans to manage for fishing. Largemouth bass are predators that prey on the sunfish (bream) species. This is a simple food chain. Although this pond was stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill and redear sunfish by the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, the flooding during the April 27, 2011, tornado allowed many fish to enter the pond. Green sunfish and green sunfish-bluegill hybrids were caught by the Fifth Graders.  The population of fish in the pond can be managed by humans.  Humans can affect the biotic and abiotic factors influencing the pond.  This includes harvesting fish or turtles and feeding the fish.  Since fish are a renewable resource, this should be an ongoing effort.
Madison County Lake is a great place to fish from shore or with a rented boat. Wheeler Lake is also a great option. For additional fishing options, see our regional list.

Male Bluegill
This Legacy Elementary Fifth Grade student caught a large male bluegill.
 bluegill
A bluegill eats insects and ponds. Their role in a pond is to feed the largemouth bass.
 
Principal Styles admires a student's catch.
 
This is a large green sunfish.
   
Joe keeps the grounds of Legacy Elementary School, and he has done a great job with the pond too.

Doug Darr with the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division brought rods and reels from the Montgomery office.

Mr. Doug acts like he caught this fish, but we all know the real fish catcher.

The students had fun, but so did the teachers.

This is a bluegill, which many anglers call bream.

This is a green sunfish, which usually do not grow very large.

Larry Haag, Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, helped the students catch fish.
   


Fun at Legacy Elementary School!

WAAY has a video clip of the fishing; good job Grayson!
May 19, 2011, pictures in the Huntsville Times.
May 17, 2010, Huntsville Times article about Project Pond.

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Mr. Doug Darr
Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division
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