Pond Boss Magazine
https://www.pondboss.com/images/userfiles/image/20130301193901_6_150by50orangewhyshouldsubscribejpeg.jpg
Advertisment
Newest Members
Paul252013, GWall, gearhead49, ken gerling, CMossy
17,438 Registered Users
Forum Statistics
Forums36
Topics39,166
Posts531,797
Members17,439
Most Online3,583
Jan 15th, 2020
Top Posters
esshup 25,723
ewest 20,716
Cecil Baird1 20,043
Bill Cody 13,819
Who's Online Now
7 members (MSK, Theo Gallus, Tm79mr, wbuffetjr, RStringer, stayed home, Mfitzs70), 130 guests, and 381 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 20,043
Likes: 1
Hall of Fame
Lunker
OP Offline
Hall of Fame
Lunker
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 20,043
Likes: 1
Anyone seeing any bluegill fry yet in the northern states? I've had bluegills on the beds for almost a couple of weeks now in my bluegill production pond, but I'm not seeing any fry yet. I guess it's time to set up a light at night to see if there are any.

I do know I've got an uptick in pellet feeding in the pond of the broodstock, except for at least one diehard male that refuses to leave his spawning bed. My thinking is the first spawn is over for the most part?

Last edited by Cecil Baird1; 06/03/10 09:51 AM.

If pigs could fly bacon would be harder to come by and there would be a lot of damaged trees.






Joined: Apr 2003
Posts: 823
M
Lunker
Offline
Lunker
M
Joined: Apr 2003
Posts: 823
Seems I've got about a blue million of 'em. They're jumping all over at the edge of the FA...getting swarmed by their own kind (Cannibals, anwyay!)and the Berkely GULP minnows on a tiny micro-jig work like a charm right now.


In a lifetime, the average driver will honk 15,250 times. My wife figures I'm due to die any day now...



Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 2,587
D
Lunker
Offline
Lunker
D
Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 2,587
I checked last weekend here in SD. Absolutely no activity on the bluegill beds yet. Last year's colonies had algae, etc., on them. Smallies are just finishing, and schools of black fry are swimming up. The largemouths aren't even on the nests yet, but that has to be any day now.

Bluegills in Nebraska were just starting to come onto the beds last week. We plan to do a habitat assessment of nesting colonies next week down there.


Subscribe to Pond Boss Magazine

From Bob Lusk: Dr. Dave Willis passed away January 13, 2014. He continues to be a key part of our Pond Boss family...and always will be.
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 20,043
Likes: 1
Hall of Fame
Lunker
OP Offline
Hall of Fame
Lunker
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 20,043
Likes: 1
I moved the perch feed training light from the perch production pond to the pier on bluegill production pond this evening. Just went out and checked, and sure enough I've got numerous very small bluegill fry under the light. They can't be more than a quarter of an inch long, if that. I'll bet I would have seen even more if I had the light on the other end of the pond where I observed most of the beds.

Sure wish I could get an algae bloom better than 4 feet though. After five applications of fertilizer from Greg Grimes in addition to alfalfa meal it seems hopeless. It's been a battle against the filamentous algae and some pondweed all spring. I guess the cold spring temps gave the filamentous algae the upper hand, and it's hogging some of the nutrients. Using a granular algaecide on it has been a waste of time and money.

Last edited by Cecil Baird1; 06/04/10 09:59 AM.

If pigs could fly bacon would be harder to come by and there would be a lot of damaged trees.






Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 563
Ambassador
Lunker
Offline
Ambassador
Lunker
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 563
I have fry in my pond. I just saw them yesterday darting in and out of the FA.


Brian
Retired Coach

Just another day in paradise!


Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 285
R
Lunker
Offline
Lunker
R
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 285
No BG fry yet but I have LMB fry and the BG are always right behind


Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 61
N
Lunker
Offline
Lunker
N
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 61
I was down at the pond today and I saw an enormous cloud of fry. But how do I know hat kind of fry they are. I mean they are so tiny...If I net them will I be able to differentiate between BG and lmb?

Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 20,043
Likes: 1
Hall of Fame
Lunker
OP Offline
Hall of Fame
Lunker
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 20,043
Likes: 1
Once the fry get to a particular size you can tell, but before then it's tough.

Eric West has posted some good fry pics of both species on this website. Perhaps he can direct us to the post or post them again?

In my case there are only bluegills in one pond and yellow perch in another. So no problem knowing what they are. One year I did get some fatheads in one of the ponds, but I'm careful not to do that again. blush Believe it or not I pumped water with a sump pump from one pond to the other and some fathead fry apparently survived the pumping.

Last edited by Cecil Baird1; 06/04/10 06:12 PM.

If pigs could fly bacon would be harder to come by and there would be a lot of damaged trees.






Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 20,716
Likes: 75
E
Moderator
Hall of Fame 2014
Lunker
Offline
Moderator
Hall of Fame 2014
Lunker
E
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 20,716
Likes: 75
See if these help.

LMB







BG



























Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 285
R
Lunker
Offline
Lunker
R
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 285
Its been my experience that LMB fry tend to swim in the big schools, and BG collect in much smaller schools.


Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 20,043
Likes: 1
Hall of Fame
Lunker
OP Offline
Hall of Fame
Lunker
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 20,043
Likes: 1
Originally Posted By: rexcramer
Its been my experience that LMB fry tend to swim in the big schools, and BG collect in much smaller schools.


Mine too. My bluegill fry also swim in small groups and circle the perimeter of my small 1/10th acre pond around and around.


If pigs could fly bacon would be harder to come by and there would be a lot of damaged trees.






Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 2,587
D
Lunker
Offline
Lunker
D
Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 2,587
Cecil, I was out again this weekend, and still no SD bluegills on the beds. It's GOTTA happen any day now??


Subscribe to Pond Boss Magazine

From Bob Lusk: Dr. Dave Willis passed away January 13, 2014. He continues to be a key part of our Pond Boss family...and always will be.
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 844
B
bz Offline
Lunker
Offline
Lunker
B
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 844
My hybrid BG are not on beds yet. They should be by now, it's weird. I haven't checked water temp lately.


Gotta get back to fishin!
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 20,043
Likes: 1
Hall of Fame
Lunker
OP Offline
Hall of Fame
Lunker
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 20,043
Likes: 1
Originally Posted By: Dave Willis
Cecil, I was out again this weekend, and still no SD bluegills on the beds. It's GOTTA happen any day now??


Dave,

I don't know about your location but when I used to live in Massachusetts, which could be at your latitude, there was no bedding until the middle of June and sometime later if it was unseasonably cool. When do your bluegills usually bed?

In Mass it was a quick affair of about a week and it occurred during the first heat wave in the lower 90's.


If pigs could fly bacon would be harder to come by and there would be a lot of damaged trees.






Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 2,587
D
Lunker
Offline
Lunker
D
Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 2,587
I was thinking early June, Cecil, but you know how "thinking" can be. Need to keep some better records!! smile


Subscribe to Pond Boss Magazine

From Bob Lusk: Dr. Dave Willis passed away January 13, 2014. He continues to be a key part of our Pond Boss family...and always will be.
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 5,596
Likes: 7
Administrator
Lunker
Offline
Administrator
Lunker
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 5,596
Likes: 7
No evidence of bluegill on the beds as of this past Saturday. We are doing some fishing tomorrow afternoon and will check the normal bedding areas. The females have to be about ready to explode!


Life is Good on Bremer Pond

Bremer Pond Weather
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 20,043
Likes: 1
Hall of Fame
Lunker
OP Offline
Hall of Fame
Lunker
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 20,043
Likes: 1
But Dwight you're in the arctic circle. grin


If pigs could fly bacon would be harder to come by and there would be a lot of damaged trees.






Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 25,723
Likes: 136
Moderator
Ambassador
Field Correspondent
Lunker
Offline
Moderator
Ambassador
Field Correspondent
Lunker
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 25,723
Likes: 136
I noticed the first ones on the beds May 26th, then more popped up after that, and they were still on the beds Sunday. Now with the North wind that came thru, it blew a blanket of FA over the beds and they're gonem and there is FA in the beds as well. I hope they were able to pull off a spawn, especially the RES that were bedding along side of the BG beds.


www.hoosierpondpros.com


http://www.pondboss.com/subscribe.asp?c=4
3/4 to 1 1/4 ac pond LMB, SMB, PS, BG, RES, CC, YP, Bardello BG, (RBT & Blue Tilapia - seasonal).

Link Copied to Clipboard
Today's Birthdays
adam black, JOTMCKIN, PondSmith
Recent Posts
What did you do at your pond today?
by RStringer - 09/16/21 08:01 PM
Aeration Start Up
by Bill Cody - 09/16/21 07:51 PM
LMB Fry?
by Bobbss - 09/16/21 04:27 PM
Stranger on the game-cam last night...Bucks
by FishinRod - 09/16/21 02:38 PM
Small Pond, Low Water
by Sunil - 09/16/21 01:44 PM
Duckweed Removal Solved!
by esshup - 09/16/21 01:01 PM
Old new pond... new user
by liquidsquid - 09/16/21 12:42 PM
siphon pipe value with aeration???
by ewest - 09/16/21 12:13 PM
Type of Stone Along Bottom of Stream
by liquidsquid - 09/16/21 10:54 AM
Pond dig deeper?
by SkunkedAgain - 09/16/21 09:46 AM
New Pond Advice
by Gafftopsail - 09/16/21 07:37 AM
Newly Uploaded Images
Hurricanes and wildlife 1
Hurricanes and wildlife 1
by Stressless, September 1
pondr 5a
pondr 5a
by Stressless, August 18
Well fed sunfish
Well fed sunfish
by DNickolaus, August 16
pnodr 4
pnodr 4
by Stressless, August 13
pondr 3
pondr 3
by Stressless, August 13
pondr 2
pondr 2
by Stressless, August 13

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

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5