The Management


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Fort Stewart has a professional staff of fish and wildlife biologists and technicians to manage the installation's natural resources. These managers are employed by the Department of the Army (NOT Georgia Department of Natural Resources or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). Fisheries management includes pond construction and repair, water quality monitoring, fish stocking, pond liming and fertilizing, fish population sampling, aquatic weed control, improving angler access, and building fish attractors, among many other beneficial actions. 

stocking

A biological technician stocks largemouth bass fingerlings in a new pond. In addition to largemouth bass, we've stocked bluegill and redear sunfish, channel catfish, and hybrid striped bass. To enhance the food  supply for largemouth bass, threadfin shad have previously been stocked in Big Metz Lake (Pond #26).




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Monitoring water quality is a very important aspect of fisheries management. We must ensure that the ponds and rivers are healthy for the fish and safe for the anglers





shocking

Biologists and technicians work together to sample the fish populations in the Canoochee River. The fish are collected, measured, weighed and returned unharmed to the water. All of the ponds are evaluated throughout the year to ensure they will produce good fishing for the anglers.




spraying

Controlling nuisance aquatic weeds is important to ensure that the ponds are not taken over by the weeds. 

Excessive weeds not only make fishing very difficult, but dense infestations can impact water quality and fish population balance. We manage the weeds by utilizing sterile grass carp (biological control), approved aquatic herbicides, winter draw-downs, pond edge deepening, and shading through the promotion of healthy phytoplankton blooms.


grass carp

A 6 pound grass carp after only 8 months of growth! These fish can eat 2 to 3 times their body weight a day in weeds. We ask anglers that if they catch one of these fish to throw them back into the pond so they can continue to "work" for them.


food chain

Fertilizing and liming fish ponds help to increase fish production and that means more and bigger fish for the anglers. By promoting a good phytoplankton bloom through fertilizing, we can also help reduce the growth of nuisance submerged weeds by the shading effect of the bloom. 

bloom


A plankton bloom (microscopic plants and animals) that serves as excellent food for aquatic insects and young fish, which in turn serves as food for larger fish. 

liming

Liming a pond using agricultural limestone. This will help increase the productivity of the pond and improve water quality.

The Fish and Wildlife Office is located within the Directorate of Public Works complex, Building 1145. Our address is 1177 Frank Cochran Drive, Fort Stewart, GA 31314-4940. Our phone number is (912) 767-2584.

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