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#494034 - 07/20/18 02:50 PM New Bass/Bluegill Pond
mypeoples Offline

Registered: 07/19/18
Posts: 2
Loc: Mississippi
We built a 2 acre pond this past spring in south MS and stocked it with around 1000 FHM and 600 3-5" BG over the last few weeks from a friend's pond that was overpopulated by small BGs. We don't plan on feeding so what would be the appropriate number of intermediate BGs and fingerling RES to stock and when should I stock the fingerling LMBs? Conventional wisdom says to stock LMB in the spring, but with stocking larger BG than normal, should I go ahead and stock sooner?

#494037 - 07/20/18 03:15 PM Re: New Bass/Bluegill Pond [Re: mypeoples]
Bill Cody Offline
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You could best stock the LMB as soon as you see your current forage fish reproducing small fry. The 4" - 5" BG that you have stocked are very likely reproducing NOW. Arrange to get some LMB fingerlings asap.
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#494049 - 07/20/18 09:31 PM Re: New Bass/Bluegill Pond [Re: mypeoples]
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Registered: 10/05/13
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Loc: SE Kansas
I echo Bill's advice.

I have a pond that the BG were stocked in spring and LMB in fall. I fed the BG and they reproduced wildly. Now I have so many BG I am not getting any LMB recruitment 4 years later.

Those larger BG will be spawning so I would get some LMB in there if you are stocking fingerlings. If it were me, but I am by no means an expert. Bill C is though.

Edited by snrub (07/20/18 09:32 PM)

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#494065 - 07/21/18 10:44 AM Re: New Bass/Bluegill Pond [Re: mypeoples]
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Stock advanced fingerling LMB this fall 6-8 inches if possible. Those 3-5 inch BG are reproducing by now.

#494172 - 07/24/18 10:10 AM Re: New Bass/Bluegill Pond [Re: ewest]
mypeoples Offline

Registered: 07/19/18
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Loc: Mississippi
Thanks Guys! I'll be getting LMB in there soon.


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