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#328080 - 03/30/13 04:04 PM Please help stock pond
aetain Offline

Registered: 01/12/13
Posts: 66
Loc: NJ
I have recently got a 40'x20'x7ft deep pond. It is now 2 ft deep and I want to start stocking fish. I would like LMB, chain pickerel and fathead minnows. Will the bass and pickerel live together well or what? The fatheads are for food and I could get crayfish if necessary. Please assist me in buying fish. Thanks

#328081 - 03/30/13 04:13 PM Re: Please help stock pond [Re: aetain]
fishm_n Offline

Registered: 05/18/11
Posts: 732
Loc: Sturgis, SD
you need to pick a forage fish, like Yellow Perch or pumpkinseed sunfish. then add a predetor. unless you want to hand feed them all the time.
Water is the basis of all life, by design!

#328082 - 03/30/13 04:18 PM Re: Please help stock pond [Re: aetain]
aetain Offline

Registered: 01/12/13
Posts: 66
Loc: NJ
can pickeral and bass live together?

#328102 - 03/30/13 06:26 PM Re: Please help stock pond [Re: aetain]
esshup Offline
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Registered: 01/26/09
Posts: 24029
Loc: Grovertown, Indiana
Originally Posted By: aetain
can pickeral and bass live together?

Yes but:

If the Pickerel are much smaller than the bass (length wise) the LMB might try to eat them. Typically a LMB likes to eat fish that are 1/4 to 1/3 it's size. BUT, the more fusiform the fish, the longer a fish that the LMB can eat.

3/4 to 1 1/4 ac pond LMB, SMB, PS, BG, RES, CC, YP, Bardello BG, (RBT & Blue Tilapia - seasonal).

#328314 - 03/31/13 11:28 PM Re: Please help stock pond [Re: aetain]
CJBS2003 Offline
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Registered: 01/19/09
Posts: 10457
Loc: northern VA
Yes, pickerel and LMB can live together... However, in most cases LMB tend to out compete pickerel.

Where do you plan to source your pickerel? As far as I know, there are no commercial sources for them?

A pond your size is generally not a suitable to size to produce a quality LMB fishery... What would you like to see out of your pond? we may be able to recommend a species combination that is suitable for your goals and the size pond you have.
Men and fish are alike. They both get into trouble when they open their mouths.

#328708 - 04/03/13 09:33 PM Re: Please help stock pond [Re: aetain]
mitchfishman5 Offline

Registered: 03/27/13
Posts: 24
Loc: Southern Michigan
You might be able to get Cain pickerel from your dnr
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