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.

For larger fish, begin feeding a small floating catfish pellet or a game fish chow in the spring when the water temperatures warm up and the fish become more active. Feed the amount that can be completely eaten by the fish in about 15 minutes. Do not exceed 10 pounds of feed per acre each day.

In the winter, the colder temperatures reduce the feeding of the bluegill. Therefore, you should reduce the number of feedings to one per day, and change from a floating catfish pellet to a sinking one.

The most efficient and reliable way to feed your fish consistently each day is through the use of an automatic feeder. Most feeders are equipped with a timer, solar panel, and battery, and can be easily set to feed a desired amount nine times per day. Be sure to position automatic feeders so that the solar panel is in sunlight for most of the day.

Feeding Schedule (Southern U.S.):

Time of Year Number of Feedings per Day Feed Type
March 2 (1 morning/ 1 late afternoon) Floating Catfish or Game Fish Chow
April-June 4 Floating Catfish or Game Fish Chow
July-August 2 (1 morning/ 1 late afternoon) Floating Catfish or Game Fish Chow
September-November 4 Floating Catfish or Game Fish Chow
December-February 1 (Late afternoon) Sinking Catfish