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#504071 - 04/07/19 11:04 AM Re: how to get baby fry [Re: anthropic]
Augie Offline


Registered: 10/29/18
Posts: 198
Loc: Boone County Missouri
Originally Posted By: anthropic
Mike, I wonder if flatheads might be doable in specialized situations, such as a LMB overpopulated BOW with stunted fish. Assuming the flatheads aren't able to reproduce, maybe introducing a few would be more help than hindrance. Especially if, as the situation improves, you then take out the flatheads.


Before my pond croaked in 2012 it was loaded with stunted BG and BH. Just for grins I tossed in a 5lb flathead that I caught on the Osage River.

That fish would have gone 30+ by the time the pond croaked 5 years later. It didn't seem to dent the bullhead population much,
but the BG went from way too many 4"-5" size to lesser numbers but still plenty of 9"-10" size in just a couple years.

I don't think I'd want a flathead in a pond that was healthy.

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#504072 - 04/07/19 11:16 AM Re: how to get baby fry [Re: Augie]
mattmonster1991 Offline


Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 148
Loc: Orlando Fl
Originally Posted By: Augie
Originally Posted By: anthropic
Mike, I wonder if flatheads might be doable in specialized situations, such as a LMB overpopulated BOW with stunted fish. Assuming the flatheads aren't able to reproduce, maybe introducing a few would be more help than hindrance. Especially if, as the situation improves, you then take out the flatheads.


Before my pond croaked in 2012 it was loaded with stunted BG and BH. Just for grins I tossed in a 5lb flathead that I caught on the Osage River.

That fish would have gone 30+ by the time the pond croaked 5 years later. It didn't seem to dent the bullhead population much,
but the BG went from way too many 4"-5" size to lesser numbers but still plenty of 9"-10" size in just a couple years.

I don't think I'd want a flathead in a pond that was healthy.


i find that weird that it didnt hurt the bh population as bullheads are known as the very best flathead bait ud think theyd take those suckers first


how big is the pond must be small if 1 5 pound flat could done that kinda damage tbh i dont see how 1 flathead could do more damage than say just 3 large mouth bass of around similar sizes since they both eat ina similar manner


Edited by mattmonster1991 (04/07/19 11:19 AM)

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#504104 - 04/08/19 11:27 AM Re: how to get baby fry [Re: mattmonster1991]
Augie Offline


Registered: 10/29/18
Posts: 198
Loc: Boone County Missouri
Originally Posted By: mattmonster1991
i find that weird that it didnt hurt the bh population as bullheads are known as the very best flathead bait ud think theyd take those suckers first


how big is the pond must be small if 1 5 pound flat could done that kinda damage tbh i dont see how 1 flathead could do more damage than say just 3 large mouth bass of around similar sizes since they both eat ina similar manner


Every pond is different and that is what happened in mine.

Yes, it is a small pond, just over 1/3 surface acre, and at the time was very shallow, probably four foot average depth at full pool.

That flathead was 5lbs when I chucked him in the pond. He didn't STAY five pounds. He ate what he wanted when he wanted and as much as he wanted.
I'm sure he was eating the largemouth bass too. There was a decent number of smallish ones when I tossed the flathead in. After a couple years there
were half a dozen LMB that were 5lbs and up and very few little ones.

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#504111 - 04/08/19 01:58 PM Re: how to get baby fry [Re: Augie]
mattmonster1991 Offline


Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 148
Loc: Orlando Fl
well tbh thats kind a a good thing so u dont have lots of small lmb just a few big healthy ones

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