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Anyone find a blue catfish supplier for Indiana? The DNR list is not accurate.

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Not sure where you can get some but I can't wait for you to get them. I need someone else on this forum sharing the experience with me!! My pond is pretty much managed for blue cats. It'd be nice to learn from others experiences.


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How big is your pond and what other species are in your pond? What other species would you include if you were starting over? How long have your blues been in the pond and how big are they?

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I've got carp, crappie, bluegill and channel cats in mine. My pond is 15 acres. Two years ago I stocked 100 BC in the 8-10" range. Last fall I stocked another 250 and then a week ago I stocked another 200. So I now have a total of 550 BC. I'm guessing my biggest ones are about 22-23" and close to 5 lbs. In regards to relative weight they are doing much better than my channel cats. If I was starting over I'd go with bluegill and crappie for their reproductive capability. Maybe even let them overpopulate before introducing the BC.

I know you've been told about the Blue Cats at Osage Catfishery in Missouri and you thought it was too far. But it looks like its only about 6 hrs from you. You may wanna look into transporting them, or call and see if they make a delivery your direction and you could meet them part way. That's where my BC are from and I believe they do well in ponds. Or at least mine have so far.

At minimum I'd call them and ask if they deal with anyone in your area.

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My new pond is quite small (1/2 acre), so I think that I will face more of a challenge than you. I am considering crappie as food since I do not have them in either of my other two ponds. Osage may be the way to go if I take an aerated tank and travel in cool weather. Maybe make a field trip out of it with one of my young-adult kids. For now, I am hoping for more filling so I can add a pound of FHM on Nov 4 (last "fish day" close by). If I get blue-cat reproduction, my neighbor may want a couple in their 1 acre pond that has carp? A 15 acre pond must be very nice! Thank you for the information.

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I'll do a search for my aeration unit you can hook up to a 12 volt battery. It was cheap and would work perfect for a 6 hr trip.

How many are you considering?

I would just use a feeder as your prime food source when they're young.


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Here is the one I use and I don't think I'd have any trouble hauling several hundred for several hours.

https://www.amazon.com/Marine-Metal-Supe...+fish+saver+kit


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Thank you!!! What is the smallest tank it would work for? I will probably start with 12 small catfish. What type of tank has worked well for you?

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That may be way more than you need for 12 small catfish. Id think a medium sized cooler would be plenty. Ive used small livestock tanks. Maybe 80 gallon or so. And Ive hauled 250 at a time although it was under 2 hrs. That little aeration unit I have above is handy to have for a lot of things though.


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Do you drill holes through the lid of the cooler for the electric lines to keep water from splashing out?

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I dont think youd have to do that. Maybe duct tape the lid down to make sure it doesnt lose too much at once and carry an extra cooler of water to replenish if need be. But I dont think youd lose much.

I use a livestock tank with sheet a plywood over the top to minimize water loss.

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You must carry them in a pickup, rather than in the cab or trunk:) My new "old" pickup only went 55 MPH max when brand new.


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RAH, those tires are looking a bit thin in the tread area......


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I've seen better days myself. I have other equipment with tires in much worse shape. Need new rear tires on the backhoe and that will be $$$$. The M37 has split rims so I will not be changing the tires on this truck myself. Once other things are fixed up, replacement military tires are in order. It was converted to an alternator which is dead. The new 24V replacement was pricey too. This is probably a money pit, but I enjoy working on it with my son. He wants to take it to shows when not going in his 66 Newport. He likes old Mopar. I will not go with military paint though. Thinking a forest green and black combo. Went max 55 MPH when new and got 5 MPG, but fine on the farm and short trips for diesel for equipment.

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Pond is filling and we are expecting more rain this week. Planning to add a pound of FHM next Saturday and hope they can tolerate the muddy water?


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Good luck. Keep us updated.


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Is there any disadvantage of stocking the "rosy red minnow" variant of FHM?

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The only disadvantage that I can think of is that since they are more visible, they may be easier pickings.


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In my 2,000 square foot minnow pond, I stocked probably 250 Rosy Reds along with about the same number of common FHM in early March 2016. Now, there are very few Rosy Reds left. There are no predators in the pond. I think the common variety is dominant and the "Rosy Red" breeds out after a couple of generations. The pond has very limited visibility, maybe 4-6", so bird predation is not a problem. I am going by what I find in my minnow traps.

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Thanks for the posts. I'll just stock the regular FHM.

update: added a pound today.

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If I decide to stock crappie as forage for the blue cats, would it make sense to stock golden shiners or yellow perch as forage for the crappie when the FHM get hammered?

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Fellow members and fish managers,

For years now I have tried to find a reliable source if blue cats for my pond for over 15 years now!!! I have put many requests on this forum looking for someone. Can't find it the only person I know of is Overton .. I have not had a chance to contact him for help yet. I need someone who will pick the fish up from Overton and deliver them here to Georgia, zip code 30667.

Please another desperate plea if anyone knows of anyone in the Georgia area who Carries Blues I need some badly!!

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Check this link. Then use control F to bring up a search box and type 'blue catfish' in the search. Each time you hit enter or the down arrow in the search field you will go to the next entry. I see several suppliers on this list in OH and Kentucky. A similar search for fish farms in your area and in neighboring states may come up with something.

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I would check with Rainman here on the forum. I seem to recall he has access to Blues (and Hybrid Blues) and makes deliveries to both Indiana and Georgia. It might be worth sending him a PM.


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Thanks a lot ,

How would I find the same sight like this for South Carolina Georgia and Alabama?

Thanks again I will look for suppliers in Kentucky...
Thanks again

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