Heather fishes in her grandfatherSmall ponds and lakes represent a significant portion of Alabama’s freshwater resources. Alabama has an estimated 50,000 ponds that cover approximately 150,000 acres. Most ponds that have been stocked with largemouth bass and bream (bluegill and redear sunfish) can provide excellent recreational opportunities when properly managed.

Ponds are also important for wildlife, livestock watering, irrigation, swimming, fire protection, and erosion control. Man-made ponds also alleviate the fishing pressure on our public streams and lakes. In many areas of the state, ponds are the only local source of fishing; therefore, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, is vitally interested in helping anglers manage their ponds. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System also has information about pond management and lists of pond consultants.

The entire Sportfish Management in Alabama Ponds is available in one PDF document.  This book serves as a management guide for pond and small lake owners who desire a high quality largemouth bass and bream fishery. Many of the terms used in pond management are defined in the glossary.  Pond management videos are also available; they cover most of the same subjects as in the book.

Videos on Pond Management Now Available - Videos are available by topic, sub-topic or as a two-hour documentary.

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