Green Algae Control Lake Management

Pond Preadators - Fish Eaters

      We all love our ponds, lakes and all of their inhabitants. It's part of what makes owning a pond special, being able to observe Mother Nature in all her glory. However, Nature can be cruel, It's a "Fish eat Fish" world out there and there are some predators that we should consider persuading not to visit our ponds. Especially after we just had it stocked with high quality fish.
Double Crested Cormorant
See what the Southern Regional Aquaculture Center has to say about other Avian Predators.
The Cormorant - aka Water Turkey
     The most notorious of all fish eating birds, the double crested cormorant arrives in Texas during the winter months and feast on fish. Some times seen in flocks numbering anywhere from 5-100 birds the Water Turkey can do serious damage to the fish population in a small pond. Though protected by the state you can apply for a depredation permit through Texas Parks and Wildlife.
The River Otter
     Cute and cuddly River Otters are serious fish eaters. Quick, agile and strong swimmers, most fish are no match for an adult Otter. Most Otter populations are nocturnal so pond owners seldom know they are there. Fish bones and mud slides going into the pond and declining fish populations are typically the only signs of an Otter population.
River Otter
Great Blue Heron
The Great Blue Heron
     Another majestic creature who feeds primarily on fish. The Great Blue Heron can consume fish upto 1.5 lbs with relative ease, however they can not swim like the River Otter and Cormorant and are some what less of a threat. Most herons will feed on minnows, bluegill and just about any other small fish they can reach from the shorelines. Bass populations are not treatened by the presence of Blue Herons, though they will eat some bass.