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Ask a Redneck - Season 1, Episode 1

Howdy folks!

Today on Ask a Redneck we have a question from Sue in Hancock, Michigan. Sue asks, Dear Redneck,

Please explain the various methods that nature utilizes to get fish into a pond or lake.

Well Sue, Old Mother Nature (remember that old margarine commercial that says, "Don't mess with Mother Nature. I thought those were so funny...anyway) has many tricks up her sleeve when it comes to populating a newly built pond or lake with fish and amphibians.

Many a farmer or builder of koi ponds has been surprised to find uninvited fish and amphibian species inhabiting their pristine bodies of water.

Sometimes well intentioned anglers (that's fisherman for you non fishing folks) will throw live fish into other people's ponds in a misguided effort to "stock" the pond for later fishing excursions. Sometimes it's just an excuse not to clean the fish when they have caught too many. Also, many anglers use live bait in the form of worms and minnows to catch fish. These baitfish can often get off the hook and survive in a pond environment. Sometimes anglers will also dump the remaining baitfish out in the fishing pond when they leave, giving rise to the growth of uninvited species.

But Mother Nature has her ways as well. Most man-made bodies of water are fed by springs, creeks and other forms of drainage. Some fish get in directly through the water source if it is above ground and deep enough. Those little buggers just swim in or sometimes their eggs drift in. When water levels rise in rainstorms and floods, fish from ponds farther up the drainage will often get carried into downstream ponds. I've seen bass ponds with one or two huge catfish swimming around in them because of this sort of thing.

But one of the most common methods of accidental fish population is bird transportation. Water birds like ducks, geese, cranes and egrets swim or wade in the shallows of ponds where the eggs of fish and frogs are laid in huge bunches. The sticky egg masses cling to their legs and feathers and when they fly off and land on another pond, the eggs fall off and hatch in the new body of water. Naturally, some of these eggs will get eaten by whatever predators lurk in the waters of the new pond. But if even a few survive to mate and spawn again, it won't take long for those new species to take root.

This is much the same way that birds help to build fence rows of hedge and cedar on farms.

I hope that answers your question Sue. And for sending in your question, you have won a free box of nightcrawlers from Big Mike's Bait Shop and Antique Store in beautiful downtown Rushville, Illinois.

Until next time, This is Wander - your roving redneck, saying So long y'all!


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Feb. 9th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing! I thought of flooding, but I did not know that fish eggs could survive a hitchhiking trip on a water bird. That's pretty wonderful.
Feb. 9th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
The floods of 93 and 95 did a lot to transport fish to areas where they never were before. Sometimes it's just a nuisance and sometimes it's downright bad. Fish farms down south getting flooded is what introduced the Asian carp species to the Mississippi and Illinois River basins and those are now threatening other native species as well as killing boaters.

Feb. 10th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
Killing boaters??!! I don't recall hearing that.
Feb. 10th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
Asian carp respond to the sound and vibration of boat motors by jumping out of the water. Very often they land inside someone's boat but they have also struck people in fast moving boats, knocking them out of the boat. So you are moving forward at 35-40 mph or better (for the speed boats) and you get hit in the head or chest with something that can weigh up to 60 pounds. Not a pleasant way to spend a weekend on the water.

Check out the video on this page:


Last year ther were several serious injury and at least one reported death.

Feb. 10th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
That's the making for a really good cheesy horror movie. KILLER FISH OF ILLINOIS!
Feb. 9th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)

Golly Wander, you rednecks sure is smart.
Feb. 10th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
When you spend hours and hours fishing instead of working, you pick up some of this stuff.

Feb. 10th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
I NEVER thought about that hahahaha amazing the things you learn on LJ ;D
Feb. 10th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
I do aim to educate while I entertain.

Feb. 10th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
Wander the roaming redneck indeed lol! I'll be over here enjoying a strong case of laughing out loud at that one.


Feb. 10th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
I may call on you from time to time for reference material.


Feb. 10th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
And now for our special "New South" on site correspondent: CUDDLES!

Yeah man we'd have a pisser of a good radio show there I think.


Feb. 10th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
I'm serious. We should do a pod cast or one of those Live 365 radio shows you can tune to with iTunes.

Feb. 10th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. I didn't know most of the things you wrote about...in fact, I knew almost nothing.
Feb. 10th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
I have a whole lifetime of trivial knowledge gained by asking dumb questions of people. I might as well share the wealth.

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