Pond Fishing Heaven
by Kevin Patton
"The proof is in the pudding," as the old saying
goes, but sometimes the proof is in the fishing.
Dee Dee Kumpf and I had the opportunity to sample the
results of excellence in pond management when we accompanied
Nate Herman to a private farm pond on April 21st.
Nate and his brother Justin operate Herman Brothers Pond
Management, which is a Peoria company specializing in managing
and rehabilitating small waters, such as farm ponds and strip
It didn't take long to enjoy the results of the fish
stocking and water management efforts in the 25-acre pond.
Smallmouth bass have made a home under the main boat dock
on the pond. They eagerly put on a show for us by gorging on
small minnows thrown into the water.
The pond has been stocked with bluegills, largemouth bass,
smallmouths, walleyes, catfish, perch, crappie, and hybrid
striped bass. We were armed with a variety of artificial
baits, live minnows, and nightcrawlers.
We loaded our gear aboard a comfortable pontoon boat with
lawn chairs for seats.
Having mapped the pond, Nate was familiar with the bottom
contour and location of the planted fish attractors that would
Our goal was to see how many of the species we could coax
from the gin-clear water during this sunny, windy day.
Almost immediately we began catching small bass, despite a
water temperature of less than 50 degrees.
Smallmouths have done particularly well in the pond, having
been stocked as six-inch fingerlings during 2004. Four pound
fish have now been caught from the fishery.
We caught 1 1/2- pound hybrid stripers that that were four
inches long only one year ago.
One obvious benefit of aggressive pond management polices
is that it doesn't take long for fish to grow to keeper size.
At days end, the walleye, perch and crappies had eluded us,
but we did catch impressive largemouths, smallmouths, catfish,
hybrid stripers, and bluegills.
Results such as these are the product of good stocking and
harvest strategies. HB Pond Management offers fish stocking of
more than 20 game and forage species.
Supplemental feedings with protein pellets, planting of
fish attractors, and aggressive water quality techniques have
also helped develop the fishery.
HBPM sells products for any pond need, including aquatic
chemicals to control algae and weeds, as well as fish
attractors, aerators, and feeders.
Related products include fish cages, water circulators,
fishing lights, fish cleaning equipment, rod racks, nets and
seines. Floating islands and fountains are available for those
wanting to achieve a unique environment.
Services provided by HBPM include population analysis,
stocking and harvest strategies, feeder installation and pond
HBPM is also a Lake Mapping Partner with Cabela's Trophy
Properties. They utilize specialized lake mapping equipment to
map ponds and lakes, some as small as less than two acres.
Customers can order a printed contour and structure map,
DVD, and 3-D fly-through version of their lake.
If you're interested in creating an unbelievable fishing
pond, revitalizing an older fishery, or having a map of your
lake, you may want to consider contacting people who have
proven that they can get impressive results in fish and pond
Contact HB Pond Management by calling 309-303-5691