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Electrofishing How does it work?

Electrofishing on Lake

An electrofishing survey is the most effective pond and lake management tools available today. With the proper equipment, we are able to take fish samples from your pond or lake. In this process, we will be able to determine, age of your bass, stocking densities, health, proportion of fish, and detect disease or worm infestations. Once the survey is completed all fish are returned to your pond or lake. After the survey, you will receive a pond or lake assessment and recommendations for your pond or lake. This will give you the insight and information you need to make decisions in the management of your pond or lake.

Electricity is passed through the water, by two types of electrodes, the anode (positive) and the cathode (negative). When applying the correct current, fish will experience a muscle response reaction called taxis. This will cause a swimming motion toward the anode. Once the fish reaches the anode, swimming will stop. The fish will go into a state of narcosis (stunned). Narcosis will only last for a few seconds. At this point, the fish are netted and put into a holding tank for observation. After observation, the fish are released.

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