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#565868 04/04/24 05:01 AM
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I'm looking to source some fathead minnows for a newish 1/4 pond in Southwest Virginia. Anyone have a recommendation?

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SOLitude operates in Virginia, so that's one option.

Also, all the local bait stores most likely get their minnows for bait sales from a whole sale company, and you may be able to contact that company and set up a local pick-up via your local bait store.

Of course, do as much as you can to ensure you're getting fatheads and nothing else.


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I've searched the members list and googled SOLitude and nothing comes up.

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Excerpt from Robert Crais' "The Monkey's Raincoat:"
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Jeffery - as Sunil says contact several local (within 50 mi) bait shops for your ability to buy some fatheads when the shop receives an order for maybe a quantity discount if you buy 3 to 6 pounds. Numbers per pound will depend on sizes of the minnows. If small 1.5" = 730/lb and if 2" = 300/lb. Expect to pay $14-$16 /lb. If these are the first fish into the pond then 3 lbs will be plenty as a stocker brood source to reproduce all summer for then adding sportfish in the fall. If you are adding FHM as some supplemental forage fish then boost the stocking up to 5 to 7 lbs. Note 10 lbs of minnows adds about 1 total pound of predator fish weight to all the pond fish - not really the best way to improve the pond's carrying capacity of sportfish. Fathead Minnows to feed 12"+ bass are just a very short term snack - do not expect to see any of the FHM next year.

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Thanks. The pond is about three years old. Nothing has been stocked in it. There are plenty of frogs and crawdads though.

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