snrub, thanks for the continued updates. Pics are wonderful. I'm right with you on the value of visiting the pond at all times of the day, in different lighting. As you do, I hand feed. Morning and evening feeding responses are most consistent, but mid-day sometimes brings up fish I don't normally get to see. Sorry I can't drive over to your farm next week. I'm traveling to the Seattle area to join in the wedding festivities of a young gal I've known, fished, and hunted with since she was born. I missed both her high school and college graduations, so I'd better show up for her wedding!
Should I keep it or pull it out? That is the question.
I noticed this pond weed a while back but did not think too much about it till the discussion about curly leaf pond weed and how it is an invasive. Got me worried so I pulled some out and took pictures. It is not curly leaf pond weed (or at least it does not look like the pictures posted) but I am not sure what it is.
There is maybe a dozen "clumps" of it around this one year old pond. Can't recall I have seen it in any of my other ponds so I assume birds or other animals brought it in. It would be fairly easy at this stage to take a rake and get most of the clumps pulled out. Thing of it is, this pond could really use some cover as right now all I have is rock piles and some water primrose. But I do not want it if it is going to be a management nightmare down the road a ways.
So I would like an ID as well as opinions on what if anything I should do with it. Probably could never get it all out but an hours work would get 90% or more at this stage.
The more I think about it, I believe this is the same weed that is in my small seasonal creek. I think I posted pictures of it asking what it was three or four years ago. Have not seen it in any of my other ponds though. Only this one.
Thanks Bill. How do you rate them as far as causing problems in a pond? If it will stay at the level it currently is or even gets twice to three times as much it appears to be very good cover for small fish.
The main thing I do not want is something that takes over the pond and makes fishing impossible.
Bill at the PBF get together at my place Bob Lusk ID'd it and called it Bushy Pondweed, which if I recall what he said correctly is one of the Potomogeton species as you said. Here is a picture he took as the group was around looking at it and discussing it.
We looked at a couple different bunches and Bob explained the difference in that one had a covering of FA and was not doing very good and the other was healthy. He explained how the FA and Bushy pond weed were competing for the nutrients in the pond and if I remove one the other would likely flourish and might become a problem.
So I decided leave it in to compete with the FA. It looks like decent cover for tiny fish. He said if it became a problem it would not get into very deep water and I could spot treat it along the bank to gain fishing access.
An update on how this pond is going. The RES situation has not been particularly encouraging. I have some but they are not overly large. The pond is not very fertile so they may just be growing slow because of lack of food. Many of the SMB are feeding on pellets and the ones that are on feed are doing very well. But likely very few RES are feeding on pellets so they have to depend on natural forage. The FHM are long gone from what I can observe or trap so the RES are down to bugs and snails.
Also I have made some mistakes on RES identification because I have ended up with some hybrids. Either I have transferred some hybrids from my forage pond (the most likely) or the purchased RES fingerlings had some hybrids in them. Now that I have SMB in good numbers in the pond I am not terribly worried about the hybrids. I just remove them as they are caught and move them to my old pond.
Below are pictures of a few of the fish caught from this pond in the last couple days. I have moved quite a few SMB from this pond to my main 3 acre pond.
Bob Lusk helped me with my hybrid identification during my PBF get together. I think I did ok as long as I stuck with 3"+ fish. But later I was transferring some 2" fish from my forage pond to this RES/SMB pond and I think that is where I mis-ID'd the hybrids and moved some of them also.
The hybrids take to the pellets easily so they are fat and sassy. I really like the RESxGSF hybrids. Just not in this pond.
I think so too Dave. I think they are really pretty fish.
And they are much, MUCH easier to catch than RES.
Bob talked like the RESxGSF crosses are mostly male and the reciprocal GSFxRES cross eggs are not very viable (or I could have got those reversed) so along with the SMB predation in this pond I am not really worried too much about any reproduction and if I keep every one I catch they are unlikely to spoil my plans for my RES/SMB pond.
I do transfer them to my old pond a hundred feet away though because I really do like the hybrid.
At my PBF get together a couple guys caught a bunch of my HBG and put them in my holding pen for me. Carolynn and I filleted them the next day. The hybrids, be it HBG or the RESxGSF cross grow fast, fillet out nice and are fun and easy to catch. I really like them a lot.
For purists or trophy hunters they are probably a dirty word. But for a poor angler with a mutt pond, I get along fine with them.
Here are the sex ratios (percent male) that Childers got with various hybrid crosses. The male parent is listed first. There is some variation in the numbers from other studies
Redear X Bluegill 97 (3) Bluegill X Redear 97 Redear X Green 69 Green X Redear 48 Bluegill X Green 97 Green X Bluegill 68 (2) Redear X Warmouth 55 Bluegill X Warmouth 69 (2) Green X Warmouth 16 Warmouth X Green 84
I was very pleased with those two fish. I have been removing any hybrids I catch or any RES that do not quite look like I want. I hope to have a pond full of ones that look like those two and hope to raise some up to around 11 inches and a couple pounds.
With the SMB in there to keep the recruitment in check, I think I have a shot.
Those two were caught on a curly tail jig while cast and retrieve trying to catch small SMB. They hit it on the move.
I just do not understand these fingerling SMB that are 3.5" long this time of year. Was it a late spawn? My understanding is SMB only spawn one time a year and that is in the spring. Are they just runts that were spawned this spring and have not grown? I do not think so because they seem to be healthy. I caught 5 tonight just before sunset that all looked like the two pictured below within 5 minutes in the same area. I think they must have been running together. Saw several others chase my bait. I have lots of this size as well as larger YOY.
Also a picture of one of two 13" SMB, likely the size that spawned the small ones. And a 7" RES also caught tonight just before dark.
Edit: The two 13" SMB were caught on a circle hook under a bobber with a live 4" GSH hooked through the back and all the other stuff was caught on the small jig tipped with Gulp Alive bait as pictured in the first picture.
snrub, seems like u been catching quite a few smallies lately. So, it looks to me like you are going to have a nice small mouth lake in about 4 yrs because the ones pictured should be a nice size by then. Now, if your weather was anywhere like ours this past winter and spring then look for different sized yoy, I think. Do you have plenty of cover for the smaller ones to hide from your largemouth bass?
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I just do not understand these fingerling SMB that are 3.5" long this time of year. Was it a late spawn?
We had a cold spring here and it took a while for water temps to warm up, I am guessing your pond was the same. Keeping mind that the spawn is a rolling spawn, some will go early and some will go late. Your SMB spawn may have been spread out over a 4 to 5 week time frame.
That makes sense to me, but I thought only BG and possibly RES did that. I would think that would have to be the explanation.
Also since all of the spawn would have been the first spawn, since all were fingerlings the year before, I wonder if some sexually mature later and that causes a later than normal spawn.
I do not know that, just speculating.
The 4" SMB I move to my forage pond where they grow up to about 6-8" then if/when I catch them again (caught a couple with cast net recently) move them to my main pond. So the small 3-4" SMB I catch get moved twice. First from RES/SMB pond to my 1/20th acre forage pond to grow up a little so they will not get eaten, then over to my main pond to grow out on plenty of BG and become a bonus fish along side my LMB.
Raining cats and dogs right now outside and I had a dozen fish to clean and was going fishing. Maybe I will wait a little while.