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

Brandt Midnight Blue SSThere are many tools in a pond manager’s tool bag to maintain a healthy and aesthetically pleasing pond. One of those tools is pond dye. AFS has been using BRANDT MIDNIGHT BLUE SS both on the farm and in client ponds for a long time and we are very excited to be teaming up with them.

BRANDT MIDNIGHT BLUE SS adds a natural beauty to ponds, lakes, fountains and lagoons, coloring them a natural, beautiful blue/black deep water hue, aesthetically improving their appearance. BRANDT MIDNIGHT BLUE SS will not stain birds or fish and is harmless to humans as well as wildlife. This 4X concentrated quart treats like a gallon of other diluted conventional dyes. Apply BRANDT MIDNIGHT BLUE SS at the rate of 1 quart per 1 surface acre of water 4-8 feet deep.

Bass

Question: Do I need to remove bass from my pond each year?

Answer:In most cases, Yes. Bass harvest should start one year after the bass were stocked into the pond. If you are fertilizing the pond, and have maintained a good phytoplankton bloom, you should remove bass 14 inches or smaller at a rate of 25 to 30 fish per acre, per year. If you are not fertilizing the pond you will need to remove bass that are 14 inches or smaller at a rate of 10 to 15 fish per acre, per year. These are the basic harvest recommendations. Your situation may require a different harvest strategy. Contact us to determine if this may be the case.

Question: Will the Tiger Bass reproduce in my pond?

Answer: Yes they will. The Tiger Bass® is produced by crossing genetic strains of bass. It is not a hybrid. It will reproduce with any existing bass you may have in your pond.

Vegetation

Question: Some moss has started showing up in my pond. Will fertilizing the pond make it go away?

Answer: No!!! Fertilizers provide nutrients to plants and help them to grow. Stop fertilizing the pond until the plants are identified and treated properly.

Question: How do I get rid of the moss in my pond?

Answer: There are several species of aquatic vegetation and several ways to treat them. Proper identification of the plant is essential to achieve good control while spending the least amount of money. First, have the vegetation identified. Then proper treatments can be determined.

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