We just discussed joys and benefits of feeding fish. Let’s review fish feeders.  They’re available in models that suspend above the water and broadcast pellets in a 360-degree circle or directional types.

I highly recommend directional feeders.  They sit on the shoreline or on a dock and dispense feed in a straight line. I get many questions about how close directional units should be installed from the water’s edge.  Since most of us have fluctuating water levels, feeders are designed to throw pellets in an upward angle so first pellets land five to 10 feet out, while others travel 35 to 40 feet.

How much does a quality feeder cost?  Budget $750 to $1,200 based on the model for your goals.  Prices vary with features, including the amount of feed held.  While many manufacturers base feeder sizes on corn weight, there is a big difference between corn volume and how much fish food it will accept.  For instance, models that advertise holding 100 pounds of corn may take 50 to 75 pounds of fish food depending on pellet size.

Solar chargers are a must for feeders.  They keep batteries charged if you can’t visit the property regularly.  We recommend removing batteries during the winter and charging for next use.  Although batteries occasionally require replacement, solar chargers greatly extend battery life.

There will be a rush of orders this month.  Don’t have your feeding program delayed by production backorders.  If the mild winter continues, our buddies could emerge from their slumber in a couple of weeks looking for a hearty meal.  See you soon, Chad.