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April 21 meeting to address fish pond management

Most land tracts of any size in our area have at least one pond on them. Some may consider this pond only as a watering hole for livestock. Most, though, are interested is managing the pond for sportfishing. An Area Farm/Sport Fish Pond Meeting has been planned for Tuesday, April 21, beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Warren County Community Service Building located behind Citizens Bank on Main Street, next to the library in Warrenton.

One of the most common problems with ponds is aquatic weeds. Extension agents will be on hand at the meeting location beginning at 5 p.m. During this time, weed samples can be brought in for identification and control measures could be discussed. It's best to bring the samples in water right out of the pond. If you have a truck, just dip some up in a five-gallon bucket and bring it in. Folks who don't have a truck can use a wide mouth gallon jug, then put a lid on it to prevent spilling. Water can also be tested for lime requirement at this time. Bring about a quart for this test.

Hopefully, weed ID and water testing will be long finished before time to start the meeting at 7 p.m. Topics to be discussed will focus on the basics of pond management, aquatic weed control, water quality, stocking, population assessment & management, and harvest manipulation for recreational pond owners. This should update you on all the important issues in pond management for the upcoming season.

Important - In order for us to adequately prepare for this meeting, you must pre-register by Friday, April 17. You may do so by contacting the Glascock, McDuffie or Warren County Extension Office. Here in Thomson that number is 706-595-1815. Don't hesitate to call if you need more information about the meeting before deciding whether or not to attend.

Web posted on Thursday, April 09, 2009

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