Why are all my bass small? An electrofishing survey from Magnolia Fisheries will uncover answers to that and other angling dilemmas.
Fish population surveys conducted by a Certified Fisheries Professional are the only way to conclusively answer most of the questions we get from concerned lake owners. Population surveys allow informed decisions to be made regarding the management of gamefish and forage stocks, especially when quality fishing is an objective. Electrofishing momentarily sends a carefully controlled electrical current into the water to stun fish, bringing them to the surface. This allows for the easy collection of species. The fish quickly recover. This method has been in use since the 1950’s and is a safe and humane method of sampling fish populations.
For ponds less than 1 acre in size, we usually don’t recommend electrofishing, but prefer shoreline seining to sample the population. Only a portion of the total fish population is required for a qualified fisheries biologist to make informed conclusions and recommendations.
Measuring Largemouth Bass
Magnolia Fisheries’ fish relocation team is one of the most experienced in Texas.
Some lake and pond construction projects, including dam repairs or dredging, require waters be drawn down and fish relocated to another waterbody. Federal and State regulations may require an Aquatic Resource Relocation Plan (ARRP) to be filed before any work is done. If not under federal or state authority, you may want to preserve your fish anyway and move them to a different pond on your property.
The ARRP as required by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) details the project site location, description of the project, and how the aquatic resources will be removed. This plan also has specific language referring to the protection of threatened or endangered species and the disposal of invasive or exotic species.
Our biologists at Magnolia Fisheries will manage and perform the entire process, from writing the AARP (if required), fish removal, fish transport, and relocation into a suitable habitat. TPWD biologists are usually onsite for much of the dewatering process and fish relocation. We work closely with them to ensure that you are compliant with all regulations and that the fish end up safely in a new, happy home.