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Got a newly stocked 1.5 acre lake with LMB BG and CC. Stocked in feb and been feeding them for a couple of months. The cats were around 6in and skinny when stocked and i caught 1 today and the belly way really big for the size. I dont know if this is normal or if it is eggs or eating to much or what.

These might be dumb questions but i dont know anything about Channel cats. The belly is bigger than it looks in the pic.

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Your CC are prolly devouring a good majority of the food.. He looks healthy to me. You should catch and keep everyone you catch, in no time they'll be fat, lazy, huge food vacuums, that don't take a hook and you'll be screwed.. smile


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Glad they look healthy. I just put them in there and didn't want to catch them yet. Can't do anything with them now anyways. There still little. About 8in.

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My channel cats have not yet spawned. I caught a couple of females over the weekend that looked like they had been on the wrong end of an air compressor. They were just packed with eggs, and looked like yours.

If you aren't seeing food floating on the water 30 minutes after you feed, you aren't feeding too much.


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No they eat it all up pretty quick. Mostly the catfish and some of the BG. I can see a lot of the LMB swimming around but they don't really eat the floating fish food.

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A CC that small is not gonna be full of age as it is not mature yet... However, it probably has several pellets in its stomach. Catch CC on a crankbait will not make them all that bait shy later on down the road when you try to catch them on more traditional catfish methods.

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Feed off the dock today and the BG and CC went crazy. Saw quite a few LMB but they keep swimming around not eating the pellets. Why are they not eating them and the other fish are.

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LMB like bigger live food..


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Are the LMB feed trained ?
















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Originally Posted By: urup
Why are they not eating them and the other fish are.


Interesting discussion in this thread about Pellet Feeding LMB which is why (I'm speculating) that Ewest asked you if the LMB are feed trained.

Also review this thread..

On Feeding LMB in a Big BG Pond


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The LMB eat the pellets sometimes but not much. They were pellet trained when i bought them in february. The BG are getting bigger and are tearing the pellets up. I can see the bass swimming with the BG so they must not be to hungry or they would eat them.

I can thow a bug in the water and the bass will eat it in a few seconds. I evan threw 3 baby mice in there yesterday and the bass ate them as soon as they hit the water. I put 20 lbs of fathead minnows when i stocked it so they might still be eating on them.
All the bass are 8 to 10 inches

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Originally Posted By: urup

I evan threw 3 baby mice in there yesterday and the bass ate them as soon as they hit the water.


whoa, now that is something I'd like to see!


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