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Has anyone here ever had any luck stocking trout in a smaller body of water such as a 1-5 acre pond or lake? I can't stop thinking about this. I would want to stock them as feeder fish for Fla. strain or intergrade bass stocked in a Tennessee pond that will either be spring fed, fed by electric well, or worst case run off only. I have no idea what the cost involved would be of running an electric well all the time would be so that idea might not even be worth talking about. An idea might be to not worry about them replenishing themselves but just continue to restock 1-4" trout every year (probably too expensive). OK enough rambling, any ideas on this subject would be appreciated. Also has anyone come up with a better alternative to getting their bass on a high protein diet?

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Sounds extremely expensive.

Here in TX we stock community fishing lakes with rainbow trout every winter with the expectation that they will die when the water temps reach about 80 degrees F. An 8-10" fish costs a little less than $1 given our huge volume purchase. We get them from a guy in Missouri.

Many southern states do get their trout to oversummer below reservoirs with cold-water discharge. We have been only moderately successful with this approach at one location in TX. Even in this most optimal of settings (at least in TX), we have documented only very little reproduction.

I think that the advantage of increased protein, whatever that might be, is more than offset by the vastly increased forage costs (drilling a well, electricity, hauling costs, etc). You would be better off feeding your bluegill, in my opinion.

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Here in Alabama we have only one year round trout stream it is below Lewis Smith Lake the only clear water lake in Alabama and it is over 300 ft in depth in certain parts. Bob

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I would recommend against trying to stock a warm water pond in the southern US with any strain of trout. They are very susceptible to heat and anything over 78 degree's surface temp you can count on them all being dead or near death. They have an almost non-existent chance of breeding in a pond and would make exceptionally expensive temporary forage. Now if you wanted to feed a pond with lots of cold well water with the intention of growing the trout out as food... that is a different story.


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thanks guys,
since I posted that awhile back I have realized that well fed blue gills (by feeders) would be much less expensive and every bit as effective at getting the bass on a high protein diet.

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Actually upon further examination I think that stocking in the late fall (cooler temps)only enough that can be eaten by the larger bass through the winter would be just right. I had no intention of these trout spawning or lasting through the summers.

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Mark L. - Bob Lusk has a client in Oklahoma that annually stocks 250-375 trout(8"-10") per acre to feed trophy bass. His cost is $3.50/lb. 10 lbs of trout grows 1 pound of bass. Some trout are fished during winter, bass get the rest.
I'm not sure stocking the small size (1"-4") is your best choice.


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