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Author Topic: Pond stocking!  (Read 1521 times)

Offline mossy oak

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Pond stocking!
« on: April 07, 2009, 10:26:57 AM »
Just stocked my pond with a couple hundred catfish and twenty five large mouth, I hope they will eat down all the stunted bluegill-Crappie. Anyone else have problems with stunted Bluegill and Crappie? I know I should probably drain it and start over but I'm trying this first.

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Re: Pond stocking!
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2009, 10:38:59 AM »
Yep. Over population. Check your regs and see if fish baskets are legal and bait it with stale bread. You can pull them out by the bucket loads.

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Re: Pond stocking!
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2009, 10:40:28 AM »
When you pull out the ones you don't want - how about a Talk Hunting Fish Fry!

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Re: Pond stocking!
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2009, 11:03:48 AM »
mmm fish fry.  I have a small pond and it is loaded with hybrid bluegill a couple crappie and lots of bass.  I use a fish feeder and have not seen any issues.  What is a stunted bluegill-crappie? 

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Re: Pond stocking!
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2009, 11:05:26 AM »


wow does sound like  a good fish fry..!!!

how big is your pond Manimal??  when you say small?
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Re: Pond stocking!
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2009, 11:05:36 AM »
mmm fish fry.  I have a small pond and it is loaded with hybrid bluegill a couple crappie and lots of bass.  I use a fish feeder and have not seen any issues.  What is a stunted bluegill-crappie? 

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Re: Pond stocking!
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2009, 11:20:44 AM »


wow does sound like  a good fish fry..!!!

how big is your pond Manimal??  when you say small?
Red  just posted pics of it on another thread

http://www.talkhuntin.com/index.php?topic=6881.0

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Re: Pond stocking!
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2009, 11:30:45 AM »
fish fry did someone say food. What happened to the diet stuff, I know diet fish.....Okay I'm in, my scale is broke anyway and if it lies to me one more time it's out the door.  @--0--0117
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Re: Pond stocking!
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2009, 05:08:25 PM »
Sounds like a fish fry would help your problem  @--0--0123  @--0--0118

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Re: Pond stocking!
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2009, 05:10:30 PM »
Sounds like a fish fry would help your problem  @--0--0123  @--0--0118

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Re: Pond stocking!
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2009, 08:00:34 AM »
I'm all for a fish fry but these little stunted bluegill are all eye balls and bones, however I do know a good fishing hole ....or two!  ;)

Problem with my pond is there wasn't enough predator fish and became overpopulated, I think I'll listen to the experts now!

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Re: Pond stocking!
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2009, 12:45:23 PM »
If you are in need of rapidly adjusting the balance, you can use a net and seine portions of the pond to achieve a balance.  We had to do it to ours because the pickerel had taken over.  We are now producing some very large bass, blue gill and crappies.  A friend caught and released a 12 pounder last year about this time.  My wife caught a 7 pounder this past Sunday.  Our pond is a little bit bigger and had several logs and stumps to work around but the reduction seems to have worked.  Now we practice selective harvesting - especially with the Crappie as they are very prolific and can quickly become too large for most predator fish.  Very rarely will a blue gill grow to a size that a 12 pounder can't swallow.
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Re: Pond stocking!
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2009, 10:57:00 PM »
I was lucky to find a great group from East Alabama to make recommendations. I had the opposite issue - catfish, bass and crappie with very few bream. I did not have enough bait fish.

 

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