Pond Boss Magazine
http://www.pondboss.com/images/userfiles/image/20130301193901_6_150by50orangewhyshouldsubscribejpeg.jpg
Advertisment
Newest Members
MikeInVA, BCJohn, Sell TX Houses F, Papisox, Gpugh
16419 Registered Users
Forum Statistics
Forums36
Topics37,511
Posts511,053
Members16,420
Most Online3,583
Jan 15th, 2020
Top Posters(All Time)
esshup 24,269
ewest 20,111
Cecil Baird1 20,043
Bill Cody 13,214
Who's Online Now
8 registered members (john kelsey, Dave Davidson1, LaBassmaster, TGW1, Paul FNG, RStringer, RAH, Jeffrey Bandel), 194 guests, and 531 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Where Are My Catfish??? #510376 08/16/19 02:59 PM
Joined: Aug 2019
Posts: 3
R
Ronald Williams Offline OP
OP Offline
R
Joined: Aug 2019
Posts: 3
Good afternoon,

I just found this site today and it is awesome! More info than I can wrap my head around.

I have a one acre and quite deep (23ft in some spots) pond that I have been working on to fix a bass overpopulation problem for the last 5 years. Two years ago (2017) I decided to add 100 6-8" catfish to the pond for fishing pleasure. In 2018 I caught one catfish about 14", but since then I have not as much as had a bite from a catfish. I'm starting to wonder what happened to them all. The bass are coming along nicely but I am worried about my catfish investment. Should I start feeding a floating fish food to confirm their existence, or could that cause problems? Anybody have some other suggestions for confirming my whiskered friends are in there still? Thanks in advance from the newbie.

Re: Where Are My Catfish??? [Re: Ronald Williams] #510377 08/16/19 03:07 PM
Joined: Jun 2018
Posts: 725
R
RStringer Online Content
Online Content
R
Joined: Jun 2018
Posts: 725
Welcome - My answer would be yes try feeding them. I got my feed from farm store. What I did was feed the same time every day. Shake a coffee can with the feed in it. Mine will start stirring when they hear the can rattle. Throw it in 1 place only to start with. They will get use to it within a few days if they are in there. Know I'm no expert that's just my opinion and what worked for me. Welcome again. And yes lots of info and very helpful people on here


The people who say I can't do it can just sit the @^#% down and watch me. Friends call me Rusto I also subscribe to pond boss mag. http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=504716#Post504716
Re: Where Are My Catfish??? [Re: Ronald Williams] #510380 08/16/19 03:30 PM
Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 1,661
Quarter Acre Offline
Offline
Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 1,661
Catfish may take to feeding faster than my HBG did which took a couple weeks. So, don't be surprised if it takes them a while to show up. I would suggest adding some sinking feed to the mix. I think it would aid in getting them to come to the dinner bell a bit sooner, but not required.

Either way, establishing a feed routine will help you access the situation and be good for the fish. I can't think of a another way to check. Even with a good routine, don't expect all of them to show up for feed at the same time.

Do not overfeed. A good rule of thumb is to only feed as much as they will eat in 15 minutes and they probably won't show up the first few days, so, just throw a handful a day to get things started.

Welcome from Mid Western MO!


Fish on!,
Noel
Re: Where Are My Catfish??? [Re: Ronald Williams] #510398 08/16/19 05:43 PM
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 14,250
D
Dave Davidson1 Online Content
Moderator
Lunker
Online Content
Moderator
Lunker
D
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 14,250
Ron, welcome to Pond Boss. Depending on the size of the bass, there is a decent chance that the bass got them. A bass can take a fish that is approx 40% itís size.


It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.

Boy, if I say "sic em", you'd better look for something to bite. Sam Shelley Rancher and Farmer Muleshoe Texas 1892-1985 RIP
Re: Where Are My Catfish??? [Re: Ronald Williams] #510417 08/17/19 12:18 AM
Joined: Aug 2019
Posts: 27
R
Ryan M Offline
Offline
R
Joined: Aug 2019
Posts: 27
Iím new here too but have already had some kind folks answer some of my questions. I can confirm that the bass could have eaten your cats. When I stocked mine last year I was in the process of thinning out my bass. Within days of stocking I caught three different bass with catfish tails sticking out of their gullet. One of them actually had two tails sticking out. I was told by the guy I got them from that bass wonít eat cats because of the spines. Now I realize thatís laughable. Thankfully for me I think I managed to thin the bass out quickly enough that some of my cats survived. I strongly recommend feeding them. Itís cheap and fun and the growth rate is remarkable. Itís also a great way to estimate mortality and see the overall health of the surviving fish.

Re: Where Are My Catfish??? [Re: Ronald Williams] #510422 08/17/19 09:13 AM
Joined: Aug 2019
Posts: 3
R
Ronald Williams Offline OP
OP Offline
R
Joined: Aug 2019
Posts: 3
Thanks for your replies so far. When I started working on this pond my bass were all pretty much 6-8" and skinny. In 2017, when I stocked the catfish the bass were averaging between 8-12". I did some research through the Missouri Dept. of Conservation and was told to stock the larger cats from the hatchery (6-8") so I hope they were large enough to prevent the bass from getting them. I will take your advice and start feeding them and will hopefully have a positive post in a few weeks about all of my cats. Thanks again for the tips. This site is awesome!

Re: Where Are My Catfish??? [Re: Ronald Williams] #510425 08/17/19 10:49 AM
Joined: Jun 2018
Posts: 725
R
RStringer Online Content
Online Content
R
Joined: Jun 2018
Posts: 725
Cross your fingers n pray for them. My guess is they are still in there.


The people who say I can't do it can just sit the @^#% down and watch me. Friends call me Rusto I also subscribe to pond boss mag. http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=504716#Post504716
Re: Where Are My Catfish??? [Re: Ronald Williams] #510431 08/17/19 12:26 PM
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 3,513
Zep Offline
Hall of Fame 2014
Offline
Hall of Fame 2014
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 3,513
Ronald how and what are using for bait when you fish for your catfish?


Fishing has never been about the fish....

[Linked Image from vgy.me] [Linked Image from vgy.me]
Re: Where Are My Catfish??? [Re: Zep] #510461 08/18/19 08:28 AM
Joined: Aug 2019
Posts: 3
R
Ronald Williams Offline OP
OP Offline
R
Joined: Aug 2019
Posts: 3
I have used stink bait, worms, shrimp, chicken liver, and live minnows. The one I did catch was on the liver.

Re: Where Are My Catfish??? [Re: Ronald Williams] #510474 08/18/19 12:37 PM
Joined: Jan 2019
Posts: 164
S
ShortCut Offline
Offline
S
Joined: Jan 2019
Posts: 164
Stocked 100 4-6in CC in Oct of 2018 as soon as the tank filled. To date I found the head of 1 dead one and snagged 1 while fishing for BH. It was about a foot long and skinny. I feed daily and cannot confirm any are feeding. I use cut up YOY LMB, GSF or BH.


How are you going to know unless you try!

NW TX 2ac main pond fed from 1100ac watershed going through 2 2+ac sediment ponds. 1st filled 10/2018
900BG, 200RES, 200HBG, 100CC and 23# FHM...."Free" BH, GSF GSH, LMB & ??? 75LMB 3/2020
I subscribe!
Re: Where Are My Catfish??? [Re: Ronald Williams] #510477 08/18/19 08:29 PM
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 50
S
SWMO 2 Offline
Offline
S
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 50
You could try running some jug or trot lines overnight to see if you caught any that way, that is the most reliable way for me to catch them in my pond.


bucket stock......anything
Re: Where Are My Catfish??? [Re: Ronald Williams] #510842 08/27/19 10:41 PM
Joined: Jun 2018
Posts: 725
R
RStringer Online Content
Online Content
R
Joined: Jun 2018
Posts: 725
Just curious if you been throwing any food in for the cats. I thought my neighbor got all but 2 or so of mine but I had prolly 10 come up tonight. And a hungry turtle.


The people who say I can't do it can just sit the @^#% down and watch me. Friends call me Rusto I also subscribe to pond boss mag. http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=504716#Post504716

Today's Birthdays
There are no members with birthdays on this day.
Recent Posts
I'm a new member
by TGW1 - 04/03/20 06:57 AM
What did you do at your pond today?
by TGW1 - 04/03/20 06:43 AM
Corona-virus & Our Ponds
by RAH - 04/03/20 06:19 AM
Yellow Perch Spawn 2020
by Downrigger56304 - 04/02/20 11:36 PM
Found Tons of Baby Bass in my Trout Pond
by Bill Cody - 04/02/20 04:52 PM
Does this YP appear in good body shape?
by Bill Cody - 04/02/20 04:40 PM
New member, and Pond Owner from Ohio
by Theo Gallus - 04/02/20 04:35 PM
For southern ponds, why not RES & LMB?
by Theo Gallus - 04/02/20 04:25 PM
Bald Eagles
by anthropic - 04/02/20 03:58 PM
New Member
by BCJohn - 04/02/20 03:29 PM
Newly Uploaded Images
Peppers pond
Getting photos on this forum is a PITA!
Retreat
I Subscribe Permanent Link
Need Plants Identified - Texas Pond - Lily Pad ...
Personal Record BGxRES

ÔŅĹ 2014 POND BOSS INC. all rights reserved USA and Worldwide

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3
(Release build 20190728)
PHP: 5.6.40-0+deb8u10 Page Time: 0.007s Queries: 14 (0.002s) Memory: 1.0444 MB (Peak: 1.2418 MB) Data Comp: Zlib in php.ini Server Time: 2020-04-03 11:37:18 UTC
Valid HTML 5 and Valid CSS