Pond Boss Magazine
https://www.pondboss.com/images/userfiles/image/20130301193901_6_150by50orangewhyshouldsubscribejpeg.jpg
Advertisment
Newest Members
AMW, DoubleDigit, plkmjhuy, lanebj18, ShusSX
16899 Registered Users
Forum Statistics
Forums36
Topics38,277
Posts519,179
Members16,900
Most Online3,583
Jan 15th, 2020
Top Posters
esshup 24,503
ewest 20,317
Cecil Baird1 20,043
Bill Cody 13,451
Who's Online Now
5 members (TrapperUtah, esshup, anthropic, RStringer, Bobbss), 295 guests, and 414 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
BlueGill Spawning areas
#506750 06/01/19 07:55 AM
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 28
C
OP Offline
C
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 28
Considering adding some pea gravel around the edges of the pond for BG spawning.

Can I get some recommendations as to where to place them? I believe PondBoss says 18-36 inch water depths. Does that sound correct?

Is it smart to just go all the way around the outside with gravel?

Re: BlueGill Spawning areas
Cody Sandhoff #506753 06/01/19 08:26 AM
Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 1,918
Likes: 25
Offline
Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 1,918
Likes: 25
Keep in mind that the more spawning areas you provide...the more spawning you will get so you have to determine if more spawning suits your goals. My pond is more of a hybrid hole of water with HBG and HSB and I only put in about a 144 square feet of gravel in my 1/4 acre pond for the HBG. I an definitely getting recruitment, but I can't tell if it's too much or not enough because my 2 year old pond has not settled in yet. I would suggest starting off with a smaller portion of gravel and adding more if you feel you need more forage production as the years pass.

My gravel bed starts at the bank in about 12 inches of water and extends out to about 3 to 4 feet of water. I put it a little further out than the 36 inches you mentioned to account for any water level changes in case my pond's full pool fluctuated during the spawning times. I also used regular ole' creek gravel that ranged in size from sand to baseball size rocks...it was easily moved from the nearby creek prior to the pond filling up.


Fish on!,
Noel
Re: BlueGill Spawning areas
Cody Sandhoff #506766 06/01/19 03:41 PM
Joined: Nov 2016
Posts: 208
V
Offline
V
Joined: Nov 2016
Posts: 208
BG like a large area where they can build a community of nests (vs a narrow strip along the shore). Reasonably flat. I'd guess 3 to 4 square feet per nest although each "bowl" is perhaps 14-18" in diameter.

Most people choose small pea gravel. BG will make due with sand up to stones. They'll even use hard clay if that's all there is. I chose 1" and smaller. Research shows the larger gaps increase fry survival. I think whatever you choose will be fine. I have lots of nests and fry this year. My CNBG definitely love it.

If you have BG in your pond now you may look to see if they have a natural preference. If there is a perfect location they have probably found it.

Like QA my pond level moves around so I have a range of depths. I'd say they like 12-18 inches best but there are beds out to at least 3 feet. The GBH likes to work these beds, they are shallow enough.

Last edited by Vortex 4; 06/01/19 03:42 PM.

4 acre pond 32 ft deep within East Texas (Livingston) timber ranch. Filled (to the top of an almost finished dam) by Hurricane Harvey 9/17. Stocked with FHM, CNBG, RES 10/17. Added 35lbs RSC 3/18. 400 N LMB fingerlings 6/18
Re: BlueGill Spawning areas
Cody Sandhoff #506777 06/01/19 09:45 PM
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 28
C
OP Offline
C
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 28
Im not worried about over populating. I have a very limited food source for the bass. I want to order 100-200 adult BG, but none of my suppliers are selling adult BG right now. Which makes sense with bg spawning.

I caught 5 tonight and will relocate them to the pond, with a auto feeder.


Link Copied to Clipboard
Today's Birthdays
Bones, daverwc, Martin Rollinson
Recent Posts
Aeration for Fall and Winter
by esshup - 10/23/20 11:49 PM
Homemade porcupine structure
by esshup - 10/23/20 11:29 PM
Pond Builder Scammed Me
by esshup - 10/23/20 11:26 PM
ID Help on Tilapia.
by jpsdad - 10/23/20 09:48 PM
White fungus on small fish
by Dave Davidson1 - 10/23/20 07:01 PM
What did you do at your pond today?
by RStringer - 10/23/20 04:25 PM
Fish holding capacity
by jpsdad - 10/23/20 03:16 PM
Alternative forage ideas for Trophy LMB
by RAH - 10/23/20 01:27 PM
Overflow pipe screen ideas
by FireIsHot - 10/23/20 06:37 AM
Need Advice - Daily Algae Cycle Large Pond
by yucky - 10/23/20 12:19 AM
Hybrid Channel / Blue Catfish
by ewest - 10/22/20 12:25 PM
Pond and Personnel Best
by R&R - 10/22/20 09:59 AM
Newly Uploaded Images
Mneagle2
Mneagle2
by Michael37090, October 21
Cloud Pond
Cloud Pond
by yucky, October 16
Bass colors
Bass colors
by woodster, October 7
1 Year Old Pond
1 Year Old Pond
by KW35, September 15
Our Pond Dredging Rehab Progress
Our Pond Dredging Rehab Progress
by Lori, September 6

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

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.4