- Excellent bass forage in new ponds
- May help prevent bass overpopulation
Golden shiners are widely used as live bait by freshwater fishermen. They are also a good source of food for bass. A population can easily be established in new ponds by stocking 1,000 shiners per acre, along with bluegill, shellcracker and fathead minnows. Established populations of golden shiners appear to reduce the possibility of bass crowding.
Establishing golden shiners in ponds with existing bass populations is more difficult, and may require higher stocking rates.