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#482581 - 11/12/17 07:25 PM Re: 1/20th acre forage pond [Re: snrub]
snrub Offline

Registered: 10/05/13
Posts: 4434
Loc: SE Kansas
Caught some more RES fingerlings with the cast net tonight. Four casts netted 41 2-2.5" RES, one GSF and a hand full of GS. The GS and RES got transferred to my main pond.

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Description: First cast of the cast net in this forage pond

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Description: close up of some of the RES fingerlings


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#482588 - 11/12/17 08:20 PM Re: 1/20th acre forage pond [Re: snrub]
Bill D. Offline

Registered: 10/19/14
Posts: 5442
Loc: Boone County Illinois
Thanks for posting the pics John! I may not reply to this and your other thread on fishing that often but I am definitely following along. Good stuff!

You'll never know what ya can catch unless you wet a line!

#483000 - 11/21/17 11:41 PM Looky what I caught in the cast net [Re: Bill D.]
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Registered: 10/05/13
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Loc: SE Kansas
Decided to throw the cast net in some of the deepest water of this 1/20th acre pond. Look what I caught. I put it right back in the pond to make more babies. That is one of my RES brood stock.

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Description: 9.5" RES caught in cast net


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#483001 - 11/21/17 11:45 PM Re: Looky what I caught in the cast net [Re: snrub]
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Registered: 05/06/12
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Loc: Boone County, MO (pond)
Nice fish!

Lusk says RES will cold stress so it's good you're doing the migration before it gets much colder.
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#483003 - 11/22/17 12:10 AM Re: Looky what I caught in the cast net [Re: Bocomo]
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Registered: 10/05/13
Posts: 4434
Loc: SE Kansas
Hadn't heard that but I can believe it. These 3" RES seem a lot more lethargic at current water temperatures (50-55) than the same size BG.

A week or so ago I dumped a batch of them in my main pond. Thought they were going to die as they rolled over and floated around. From then on I was much more careful about tempering them to the new water. In the case of my forage pond and main pond, they are 30 feet from each other. I figured temperature and water would be close enough no problem. Big problem. I suspect there is a pH difference as the forage pond is nearly entirely lined with limestone rock.

So from that point forward I was much more careful about tempering the water in the bucket to the new pond water and had no more problems.

But I can tell the RES swim away a lot more lethargically than what BG would. They are already cold.

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#483827 - 12/06/17 09:46 PM Re: Looky what I caught in the cast net [Re: snrub]
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Loc: SE Kansas
This small 1/20th acre pond takes a new direction today.

The only fish stocked have been RES, FHM and GS. Somewhere along the line GSF got into the pond and I have been managing them by removal, both hook and line (for the ones that make it to larger size) and minnow traps.

I was afraid the GSF had gotten the upper hand and were on the verge of taking over. I was ready to throw in the towel next year, pump it down, seine it, and nuke it. I had removed ten or twelve 5-6" GSF and had been trapping lots of GSF fingerlings and only a few RES. But then I got out the cast net and removed over 400 3" nominal RES fingerlings over a couple weeks and was still getting quite a few with the net when I quit. And rarely a GSF in the cast net.

So I learned something. Minnow traps and fishing are not reliable ways to evaluate a RES vs GSF population, because the GSF are much more aggressive toward hook and line and are much more likely to go into a minnow trap for fish food. The reality turned out to be I had lots of RES in the pond and a much smaller population of GSF and have been able to reduce the GSF population down to the point I can no longer catch them by line and am only getting the occasional one in the minnow trap.

So change of plans. No nuking the pond next summer.

Instead I put 10 6"-9" SMB in this small pond. This is the first time this pond has had an apex predator.

Where will I go from here with this tiny pond? Not sure. Originally its purpose was to raise FHM and RES fingerlings to supplement RES stocking in my main pond. Once I introduced the GS, between the RES and GS the FHM pretty well went by the wayside. Now I have lots of GS and rarely catch a FHM. I have managed to put several hundred RES fingerlings from this pond into both my main pond and also more recently my RES only pond.

But now with the one acre RES only pond, I should in the future have all the RES fingerlings I need from it. So raising RES fingerlings in this tiny pond would be redundant.

So I am not sure what direction I will head with it. I may fish the SMB out after they get enough size to avoid predation in my main pond and put them there. Or I might just leave the SMB in this tiny pond and see how they perform. They have enough GS in this pond to almost walk on. At least for the first 6 months or maybe a year they should be well fed. Maybe I will see if I can get some SMB recruitment in this pond. The pond is almost entirely lined with crushed rock so maybe they would find suitable spawning sites.

Don't know. No specific goals yet. Think I will just observe for a while and see what shakes out. I know "no goals" is kind of anathema to this forum. But maybe specifically "no goal" is a goal in this case??? grin Whatever the case, I think I will have some more fun with this 1/20th acre pond.

Edited by snrub (12/06/17 09:52 PM)

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#483847 - 12/07/17 11:54 AM Re: Looky what I caught in the cast net [Re: snrub]
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Registered: 04/18/02
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snrub - very good information and observations about the activity in your small 1/20 ac forage pond. Thanks for the informative update. It is good fish management info.

Edited by Bill Cody (12/07/17 11:54 AM)
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#483855 - 12/07/17 02:37 PM Re: Looky what I caught in the cast net [Re: snrub]
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Thanks for the report.

No Goals is an entirely valid option. When most of us say goals it really means "what do you want". If what one wants is no goals "free range fish" then that is good.

A couple thoughts. Crawfish go well with SMB and so do smaller forage fish (smaller than adult GS). Lots of GS may mean no/little SMB reproduction/recruitment as they repress spawning and eat eggs and fry.

Small ponds like that offer lots of options. What about a few adult YP ?

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