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#511416 - 09/10/19 10:52 PM Adding Hybrid Bluegill to a pond, good idea or bad
Colezy44 Offline

Registered: 11/02/15
Posts: 11
Loc: Nebraska
Ive got a 10 acre pond in SE Nebraska that holds lots of fish. It has LM bass, Bluegill and Channel Catfish. The pond is slightly overpopulated with bass, and Im in year 2 of culling 200 bass (14 and smaller, yearly), and seeing good results. The Bluegill population is very abundant and most catches are 6-9.
My question: Do you think itd be wise to add some hybrid BG to the pond.
Ive caught some 10 BG here, and would like to catch more huge Bluegill with the fly rod.

Any insight is appreciated.

#511422 - 09/11/19 12:22 AM Re: Adding Hybrid Bluegill to a pond, good idea or bad [Re: Colezy44]
Snipe Offline

Registered: 10/26/18
Posts: 759
Loc: NW Kansas
May sound strange but how about dropping cull rate of LMB by 25-50 to eat more bluegill so the number that make it through predation have more room to grow.
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#511431 - 09/11/19 06:33 AM Re: Adding Hybrid Bluegill to a pond, good idea or bad [Re: Colezy44]
Theo Gallus Offline

Registered: 05/14/04
Posts: 12472
Loc: Central Ohio
With the number of HBG most people can afford to add to a pond with an established BG population, it would be hard to notice a difference.
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#511453 - 09/11/19 01:43 PM Re: Adding Hybrid Bluegill to a pond, good idea or bad [Re: Colezy44]
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Agree with Theo. A few HBG will not make a difference. Due to their aggressiveness you will likely catch them out if they are not eaten first .


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