Pond Boss Magazine
https://www.pondboss.com/images/userfiles/image/20130301193901_6_150by50orangewhyshouldsubscribejpeg.jpg
Advertisment
Newest Members
Mrnot111, pondbear, N.C.PondJoe, LloydLusk, Catch N 8 NTex
18,579 Registered Users
Forum Statistics
Forums36
Topics41,093
Posts559,489
Members18,580
Most Online3,612
Jan 10th, 2023
Top Posters
esshup 28,705
ewest 21,546
Cecil Baird1 20,043
Bill Cody 15,196
Who's Online Now
5 members (4CornersPuddle, Bill Cody, catscratch, Chadsnider, Sunil), 805 guests, and 354 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 79
J
Jighead Offline OP
Member
OP Offline
Member
J
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 79
Here's my theory, if u were to feed all that the fish could eat in 15 min then fish would presumably be full after the 15 min. Therefore, not preying on natural food in your pond. Also making your fish harder to catch.

Im about to start a feeding plan with high protein pellets feeding once a day but only for 2-3 seconds. Thus, allowing fish to grow faster with supplement protein, but not making them dependent on the pellets, so if u have a good forage base your fish will still be healthy. By making these fish less dependent on pellets and more dependent on natural forage, they will hopeffully be easier to catch.

Any thoughts on this? do u think it will work?

Oh btw the main species im talking about are trout and Channel catfish.

Thanks - Jighead

Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 957
R
Rad Offline
Lunker
Offline
Lunker
R
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 957
From my limited experience, I could not "fill up" the fish after 15 minutes of feeding and found that the best time to fish was after feeding as all of the fish were congregated in the feeding area still looking for food. I also feed them food other than pellets in an effort to train away from pellet dependency, so far it works, but I am only working with a small pond and about 150 fish, neither catfish nor trout.


1/4 & 3/4 acre ponds. A thousand miles from no where and there is no place I want to be...
Dwight Yoakam
Joined: Feb 2005
Posts: 168
T
Lunker
Offline
Lunker
T
Joined: Feb 2005
Posts: 168
I have a pond where little bream(5-6") will suck up the pellets like a vacuum cleaner. It seems like they never get full. But I am not going to feed them all they can eat or else they won't know to eat other forage when I stop feeding this winter. But it sure is fun watching them eat pellets.

Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 3,075
M
Lunker
Offline
Lunker
M
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 3,075
Jighead,

When I first started reading this forum and searching for information about feeding, the standard recommended approach was "feed enough that the fish will clean up in 15 minutes".

That approach may work for some, but I didn't even have to try it to know it wouldn't work for me. Three things are wrong with that approach, IMHO and in my situation:

1) as you say, the fish become more difficult to catch, which kind of defeats the purpose, for me. Even LMB, that don't necessarily eat pellets, eat the BG feeding on the pellets and become conditioned to only that food source.

2) if I feed that much feed in all my ponds, the simple fact is the amount of fish "crap" would overwhelm the pond environment and

3) my feeding bill would far surpass cable tv, gym membership, fly fishing supplies, etc.

I never have and never will feed that amount...even the amount I do feed, which amounts to about 2 to 3 minutes of feeding frenzy every day results in some of these bad happenings.

I have to add I do not have CC's or trout in my ponds, so that may be a different matter. My advice to you is to ignore the "15 minute rule" and find what works for you in your pond consistent with your objectives...


Link Copied to Clipboard
Today's Birthdays
benji havens
Recent Posts
Poor preachers pond
by Sunil - 06/20/24 05:50 PM
curly leaf infestation
by esshup - 06/20/24 05:30 PM
New YP/SMB Pond in MI - Plan
by esshup - 06/20/24 05:21 PM
Semi Trash Pump
by FireIsHot - 06/20/24 03:28 PM
Some nice pumpkins seeds yesterday
by ewest - 06/20/24 08:43 AM
Rotary Vane Capacitor issue?
by fozzybear - 06/20/24 07:22 AM
Duckweed Removal Solved!
by esshup - 06/19/24 11:40 PM
Golden Shiners - What size to stock?
by Bill Cody - 06/19/24 07:32 PM
alligator eating my fish food
by lafarmpondguy - 06/19/24 07:29 PM
Need Help Identifying!! Thanks
by Snipe - 06/18/24 11:07 PM
Windmill System Suggestions
by Bill Cody - 06/18/24 08:20 PM
Aerator Run Time
by Snipe - 06/18/24 06:33 PM
Newly Uploaded Images
Eagles Over The Pond Yesterday
Eagles Over The Pond Yesterday
by Tbar, December 10
Deer at Theo's 2023
Deer at Theo's 2023
by Theo Gallus, November 13
Minnow identification
Minnow identification
by Mike Troyer, October 6
Sharing the Food
Sharing the Food
by FishinRod, September 9
Nice BGxRES
Nice BGxRES
by Theo Gallus, July 28
Snake Identification
Snake Identification
by Rangersedge, July 12

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

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5