Under the heat of a sizzling sun, I've been watching my backyard pond slowly cover over with duck weed and dwindle in size. Actually, I own a pond and a half, but the second body of water is little more than a duck wallow. When I first moved here, there were two car tires peeking out of the edge of the wallow that really bugged me, but I couldn't get at them to pull them out. The wallow has gone nearly dry over the summer, and last week I discovered that the two tires I could see had spawned two more. They were finally dry-docked where I could fish the whole family out.
Speaking of fish, my pond stocking effort seems to be keeping the herons entertained, but I've been getting vicarious thrills lately with stories from the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association on members doing very interesting things with their fish farms. Watch the 9/12 issue of The Country Today for a story on a research project that hopes to show that purebred walleye can be spawned early to get them bigger by the end of the growing season. The second part of the grant is aimed at getting walleye hybrids (saugeye) from eggs to market size in one year.