Why You Need a Healthy Fish Population for Lake Management
Every ecosystem operates with a special balance. When one component of that ecosystem is out of line, the effects ripple throughout the entire environment. Lakes are no different. When you look at the surface of a lake, it may not seem like there’s much action taking place. But every animal and plant in and near the water has an impact on the lake’s overall health. Perhaps the most important element for good lake management and a healthy ecosystem is the fish population.
The Beauty of Balance
Behind every beautiful lake is a healthy and diverse population of fish. You don’t want too many of any one species; it should be a mix of large and small species, as well as species with different diets. For example, an angler might dream of a lake stocked with nothing but brag-worthy fish. However, such a lake would likely get choked-out by overgrown vegetation since most of those larger fish species don’t eat plants. Likewise, you don’t want a lake lacking any big, carnivorous fish; without those top predators, the other fish populations might get out of control and devour all the resources.
A large part of lake management is keeping the fish population varied and well-balanced. Every body of water is different, so there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. When you’re concerned about the state of your lake or pond, it’s best to ask an expert to come out and assess your property.
Based on the current state of your ecosystem and your overall goals, they’ll be able to recommend whether you should add to the fish stock, and, if so, how many fish of which species are needed. Likewise, if you have too many of a certain species, they will recommend harvesting some number of them. Talk to a lake management company today to start getting your ecosystem back in balance.