About Fathead minnows
- Fathead minnows are best when stocked in new ponds
- Fathead minnows are excellent forage for young bass
Fathead minnows are typically stocked into new ponds at the same time as bluegill and shellcracker. In a newly-stocked pond, they provide abundant forage for the young bass because the minnows spawn heavily in the spring before the bluegill begin spawning.
They can provide a significant boost in growth to a pond's bass and bluegill populations. Typically, the young bass will eat all of the fathead minnows in a pond within a year.
We do not recommend fathead minnows for established bass and bluegill ponds because the bass typically eliminate the minnows before they have an opportunity to spawn.