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#480719 - 10/04/17 11:55 PM Tilapia
airborne3118 Offline
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Registered: 05/09/09
Posts: 191
Loc: Indiana, Decatur County
I raised some tilapia for a buddy and myself last year. He invited me out to try and catch a few before it gets cold. We did OK.


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#480720 - 10/05/17 06:32 AM Re: Tilapia [Re: airborne3118]
Caviler03 Offline


Registered: 02/16/14
Posts: 109
Loc: Texas
Nice! What did you use to catch them? We put some in our pond this past April but I think the bass might have eaten them all because we've seen no signs of them.

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#480767 - 10/06/17 02:02 AM Re: Tilapia [Re: Caviler03]
airborne3118 Offline
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Registered: 05/09/09
Posts: 191
Loc: Indiana, Decatur County
We kind of tricked them actually. We used the little Power Bait Crappie bites under a bobber just about 3 or 4 inches. Then we threw a small handful of pellets around our bobbers. The bites looked very similar to the pellets and worked wonderfully.

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#482253 - 11/06/17 11:50 AM Re: Tilapia [Re: airborne3118]
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Registered: 05/07/13
Posts: 1857
Loc: West Michigan
This time of year makes me remember my tilapia grouped in the SW corner of the pond with their head straight up at the surface trying to get the last remaining sunbeams. I haven't stocked them the last 2 seasons and kind of miss them.

Anyone in northern ponds noting tilapia slowing down yet?

Any reliable way to harvest them when they are a bit sluggish?

Airborne how are yours doing?

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#482266 - 11/06/17 02:26 PM Re: Tilapia [Re: canyoncreek]
gklop Offline


Registered: 10/01/14
Posts: 38
Loc: NW Ohio
Yep, I walked around the pond this weekend and scooped up about 50 lbs with a long handle net. They were moving very slow.
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#482270 - 11/06/17 03:40 PM Re: Tilapia [Re: airborne3118]
canyoncreek Offline


Registered: 05/07/13
Posts: 1857
Loc: West Michigan
Nice Gklop! Fresh tilapia filets for supper!!!

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#482283 - 11/06/17 06:55 PM Re: Tilapia [Re: canyoncreek]
Reno403 Offline


Registered: 04/08/16
Posts: 8
Loc: N E Indiana Allen County


Anyone in northern ponds noting tilapia slowing down yet?

The tilapia in my small forage pond are already belly up. I did manage to catch 30 of the approximately 50 I stocked using a beat up fly tipped with a piece of Gulp earthworm that looks like the Optimal that I had been feeding all Summer.

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#482462 - 11/10/17 10:25 PM Re: Tilapia [Re: airborne3118]
Bernie H. Offline
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Registered: 02/15/05
Posts: 101
Loc: Northern Ky
I have been looking for them for the past week but have not seen any as of today. Water temp is now 52 degrees on the surface,down from 55 just two days ago.

This is the first year I've had enough to try to harvest the larger ones and I'm leaving on a fishing trip sunday a.m.. I hope I can harvest some when I get back!

Throwing out Game Fish Chow seems to attract only my HSB.I have some Gulp earthworm so I might try Reno"s method.

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#482464 - 11/10/17 10:48 PM Re: Tilapia [Re: Bernie H.]
snrub Offline


Registered: 10/05/13
Posts: 5164
Loc: SE Kansas
If you have a cast net you might try that. They might be sluggish enough they could be easily caught by throwing the net out.
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#482533 - 11/11/17 07:42 PM Re: Tilapia [Re: snrub]
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Last week Thursday they were barely hanging on, this week Wed they were all belly up.

The raccoons, turkey vultures, hawks and the rest of the clean up crew are busy pulling them out of the pond and leaving stripped skeletons on shore.
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