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#494078 - 07/21/18 07:15 PM Tadpoles and Small Frogs
tallryan610 Offline

Registered: 08/28/17
Posts: 47
Loc: Kansas City, MO
This is probably a dumb question....however just looking for confirmation. I have 100s of tadpoles and a few very small bullfrogs per every 4í of shoreline. I would guess easily 10,000 tadpoles that hang out in the first foot of water.

Donít fish eat them? BG, Bass, Etc.? This is a good thing right?

#494082 - 07/21/18 07:44 PM Re: Tadpoles and Small Frogs [Re: tallryan610]
anthropic Offline

Registered: 05/03/14
Posts: 1388
Loc: Louisiana, USA
Usually it's hard to have a good population of bullfrogs if there is a good population of decent size LMB. The only exception tends to be if there is some sort of weedy refuge where the fish can't easily get to them.

Edited by anthropic (07/21/18 07:46 PM)
7 acre pond in east Texas, full pool reached March 2016. CNBG, RES, FHM stocked Nov 15; TP May 16; LSL bass 30 June 16. Added 100 12 inch N LMB and 1,000 shiners Oct 17, 150# TP and 70 HSB May 18

#494085 - 07/21/18 11:16 PM Re: Tadpoles and Small Frogs [Re: tallryan610]
tallryan610 Offline

Registered: 08/28/17
Posts: 47
Loc: Kansas City, MO
I have LMB and lots of BG in pond, CC in it as well. Not sure if I have any bigger bass but I donít think the pond is over crowded with them either. I would just think everything would want to eat 1-1.5Ē tadpoles but maybe not.

#494088 - 07/22/18 06:56 AM Re: Tadpoles and Small Frogs [Re: anthropic]
Shorty Offline

Registered: 07/28/05
Posts: 4216
Loc: Raymond, NE
Some tadpoles can leave a nasty taste in a fishes mouth making them fairly safe from predation.

#494098 - 07/22/18 11:35 AM Re: Tadpoles and Small Frogs [Re: tallryan610]
Mike Whatley Offline

Registered: 04/22/18
Posts: 505
Loc: Louisiana
A few weeks back I was walking around the pond and found literally thousands of tiny tadpoles swimming in inches of water on the shoreline. I'm quite sure they were tree frog as I have only seen two bulldogs in my pond and these were way too small to be bulldog.

Anyway, I went back out the next morning and couldn't find a single one. The panfish had totally decimated them in a days time.
.10 surface acre pond, 10.5 foot deep. SW LA. The epidomy of a mutt pond. BG, LMB, GSF, RES, BH, Warmouth, FHM, Longear Sunfish, Gambusia and apparently, now crappie.

#495452 - 08/27/18 02:07 PM Re: Tadpoles and Small Frogs [Re: tallryan610]
tr889 Offline

Registered: 03/05/18
Posts: 11
Loc: MI
I read fish will not eat american bullfrog tadpole because they secrete a bad tasting toxin. Tadpole of the leopard frog species are not able to do this though

#495454 - 08/27/18 02:22 PM Re: Tadpoles and Small Frogs [Re: tallryan610]
Quarter Acre Offline

Registered: 06/10/16
Posts: 808
Loc: West Central Missouri
I have caught fish while using bullfrog tadpoles. They may not be their favorite food, but they are on the list of edibles, just towards the bottom. Here's the story...


I do know that my pond is severely lacking in tadpoles this year compared to last. The difference is that I stocked 3 to 6" HSB, HBG, and RES. Last year was biblical with no predators!
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