This winter has been a cold one and now it appears that spring is here early!
The spring fish spawning season is upon us so here are a few items for you to consider.
Early Spring Pond Checklist
- Threadfin Shad experience winter kill during very cold temperatures (well, cold for us in the southern U.S.). When water temperatures drop to the lower 40’s (F) for a time, many of the younger shad in your population die. Complete kills can occur when water temps get below 40 degrees. Even before dying, shad movement slows down, making them easy prey for predators. So, between the loss of the shad from predation and winterkill, your shad density has likely declined.
- Plan to restock threadfin shad this spring/summer in order to prevent a long-term deficiency in your forage density, which could eventually lead to a drop in largemouth bass condition.
- Plan to stock fingerling or intermediate bluegill early in spring when stocking fish to build up the fish numbers in an existing population. Getting them in early will allow them to grow to a size where they can spawn at the first opportunity when conditions are right later in spring.
- Inspect your pond or lake for unwanted vegetation before applying fertilizer. Vegetation has persisted even through the winter, so we anticipate a lot of algae problems this spring.