A supplemental feeding program can increase the size of your bluegill while also increasing their reproduction. Increased reproduction translates to more food for your bass population. The coppernose bluegill responds very well to supplemental feeding and has the potential to reach 1.5 to 2 pounds in some cases.

In new ponds with recently stocked 1- to 2-inch fingerlings, begin feeding a catfish crumble in the spring at a rate of 1.5 pounds per 1000 fish; feed in the same area at the same time each day. It may take a week for the fish to become trained to take the feed.