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As I enter the process of building up my bait fish in my new 3 ac pond I plan to stock 50# of FHM and 20# of GSH brooders. These brooders are in the 4-5" range... Is it a concern that they could really put the hurt to my FHM population? Do the numbers I'm looking at stocking look to be on target for my pond? You'd I be just as well off to stock 1-4" size GSH? Maybe 10# of each?

My thoughts are to get the GSH brooders as large as possible so they aren't consumed by the predators that will be stocked later in the year.

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I think you are going the right direction. I wouldn't be concerned about the GSH eating the FHM. I would make sure that I had spawning substrate for both species in the pond before stocking them.

Regarding the FHM. Ask the supplier if they are wild caught or pond raised. If wild caught, I would hand sort every FHM due to unwanted species possibly hitchiking along with them. I've seen bullheads, sticklebacks (not a problem) and heard of common carp and other unwanted fish species.


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And don't forget green sunfish mixed in. I've seen that too!

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Sticklebacks my not be a "problem" but they aren't a very good forage fish that takes up space and competes with better forage fish. I had them competing with my smb fry in the hatchery pond and they ended up outnumbering the smb fingerlings.

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That's a good tip esshup... Last thing I need is bullheads and or green sunfish in the pond! However that is a lot of sorting! Maybe I'll have to find a supplier that only sells pond raised FHM.

As for spawning substrate I think the FHM will be good with all the chunk concrete that I'm putting in. For the GSH I plan to find some shag carpet and attach it to some stakes and drive it into shallow water around the bank. That sound good for the GSH?

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Yep! You could also make a couple of stacks of pallets in 18" of water. Remove them in the Fall when the water starts to cool down.


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Sorting 50# of fatheads will take a lot of time. You better have a good way to hold them until you can get them sorted. A cage with 1/4" mesh maybe?.


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