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#497204 - 10/04/18 09:44 PM What fish types are these?
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Registered: 03/21/16
Posts: 19
Loc: St. Louis, Missouri
I have been follow the forum for a long Time. Great information out there to help everyone manage their ponds and lakes.

I am trying to restore a forage base in a 236 acre lake at Innsbrook Resort near Warrenton MO. I caught a few smaller fish in a trap last weekend. I was trying to determine what species. Thanks for any help you can provide.


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#497205 - 10/04/18 10:01 PM Re: What fish types are these? [Re: MOFishermen]
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Registered: 06/02/13
Posts: 524
Loc: TN, Lakeland
Both fish look stunted. First picture is of a Bluegill. Second picture is a Redear Sunfish
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#497207 - 10/04/18 11:06 PM Re: What fish types are these? [Re: MOFishermen]
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Thanks for providing information on each species. When you say they look stunted, how did you assess that condition? They were only 1 to 2 inches in length.
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#497208 - 10/05/18 12:15 AM Re: What fish types are these? [Re: MOFishermen]
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More the first fish, but itís all in the eyes. Body size doesnít match eye size. Usually on panfish I notice large eyes on small fish means that fish didnít get its meals as often as it should have. If that first fish was 1.5Ē I would venture to say heís short a inch in growth. Just my observation, others may chime in.
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#497210 - 10/05/18 01:55 AM Re: What fish types are these? [Re: MOFishermen]
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Snake is on target, fish exhibit signs of stunted growth due to the large eye.
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#497234 - 10/05/18 10:38 PM Re: What fish types are these? [Re: MOFishermen]
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Appreciate all the advice and analysis on the fish. Since I have feeders, should I be feeding small size food? I have been feeding Optimal BG Jr but cut it back last two weeks. I had great success on increasing size of stocked BG in May with our feeding program.
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#497295 - 10/08/18 09:27 AM Re: What fish types are these? [Re: MOFishermen]
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I would feed smaller sized food IF you want that small class to grow more than normal. I have FHM's and some HBG YOY that get after the Optimal #4 really well. The #4 is a bit big for the minnows, but they sure push it around and make good use of it. Once the minnow population dwindles in my small pond, I will not likely supply the smaller feed because I am not so interested in growing the YOY. I suspect I will ladder stock my HBG and HSB and do not need to grow the offspring.
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