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Winter Provides Opportunities For Beneficial Maintenance

We look forward to Fall lake survey season.  It presents opportunities to visit numerous properties, observe innovative management methods, and share them with you.  Our staff hopes this suggestion will protect feeders and improve feeding efficiency.

Many folks confront a continual challenge with shoreline feeders–chasing fluctuating water levels to ensure food pellets land in the water, not on the ground.  Several years ago, our region experienced a drought.  Feeders were moved to locations that would be in the water if the lake were at normal pool.  Welcome, but sudden heavy rain filled lakes and also flooded feeders.  That can cause $150 damage to replace motors, not to mention lost feed.

Innovative pondmeisters installed bases to elevate feeders and reduce risks of future incidents.  Determine your full water mark.  Research past seasonal drawn down to calculate how far water typically recedes during dry months and how high the lake has risen in flooding events.  Use flood stage data to design base height so the base can be placed at the normal pool mark.  As water recedes, raise front feeder legs to project pellets longer distances.  Cost of models in adjacent photos averaged $100 to $150.  Not a bad one-time investment considering future losses.

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