Pond Management Guide

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Sources of Additional Information

Information on pond stocking, fingerling and grass carp suppliers, pond management, and aquatic weed control is available from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. Contact your county Cooperative Extension Center.

Information on application rates, effectiveness, and water-use restrictions for aquatic herbicides may be found in the North Carolina Agricultural Chemicals Manual, available at county Cooperative Extension Centers or by writing to Agricultural Chemicals Manual, Communication Services, Campus Box 7603, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7603.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission also can provide information on pond stocking, pond management, reclamation, and grass carp permits. Contact your district fisheries biologist or the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, 512 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27604-1188 (phone: 919-733-3633).

Further information on pond planning, design, and construction is available from your county Natural Resources Conservation Service office.

Permit information and requirements for pond construction that may affect streams or wetland areas can be obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District Regulatory Division, P. 0. Box 1890, Wilmington, NC 28402-1890 (phone: 910-251-4511, fax: 910-251-4025).

Information on dam safety and permit requirements is available from the North Carolina DENR Land Quality Section, Dam Safety Program, P.O. Box 27687, Raleigh, NC 27611-7687 (919-733-4574).

Managing Your Pond for Better Fishing

Now available on videotape

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service has produced a 23-minute pond management video tape designed to complement this Pond Management Guide booklet. The tape is oriented primarily toward landowners who have a pond, or are planning to build one, and want to manage it for recreational fishing. It illustrates all the key aspects of good pond management, including pond design, fish stocking, harvesting, maintaining pond balance, liming, and fertilization, as well as how to deal with common pond problems such as aquatic weeds, fish kills, and muddy water.

This tape is available for viewing free of charge at all North Carolina County Cooperative Extension Centers. Interested individuals can purchase their own copy by sending a check for $25.00, payable to NCSU, to: James A. Rice, Extension Fisheries Specialist, Dept. of Zoology, North Carolina State University, Box 7617, Raleigh, NC 27695-7617.

Edited by

  • J.A. Rice, Extension Fisheries Specialist, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
  • R.L. Noble, Professor of Zoology and Forestry, North Carolina State University
  • R.L. Curry, Program Manager, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Contributing Authors

  • K.W. Ashley, R.L. Curry, F.T. McBride, and K.L. Nelson, Division of Inland Fisheries, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  • J.A. Rice, Extension Fisheries Specialist, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
  • S.H. Kay, Extension Aquatic Weed Management Specialist, North Carolina State University

Figure 10 courtesy of the Nebraska Cooperative Extension Service.

Published by
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.