This time of year you are probably thinking about hitting the woods for archery deer season or planning your hunts for the waterfowl migration, but now is a great time to think fish management. The work you do in your pond now will directly effect the aquatic environment next year. This time of year you need to think about performing an alkalinity test, liming, and fertilizing your pond. The steps you take this fall can improve your fish quality and habitat next year. The lime and fertilizer do not work instantly, but over the winter and early spring months, the application will help correct deficiencies to improve your fish management practices. To really go the extra mile to help your fish this fall, now is a great time to begin a feeding program to help your fish through the winter months. These are just some of the basics to improve the fish management in your pond or lake, but they are important to growing and hopefully catching trophy bass.