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good or bad for a pond in Texas - I have bass and bluegill only -

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Good good good can’t think any negatives other than those rascals are hard to catch

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That is one fish I plan on getting in my pond. Don't see any downside.
tim k I see you are from Lampasas Tx. I have a cousin that lives in that area.


Nothing like seeing your bobber bobbing.
1 acre pond with LMB BG GSF BH CC and whatever else I can find
Not after trophies I just like catching and eating fish
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Redears are fond of snails.

Snails are a vector for Bird->snail->fish->bird->... parasites. So redear are recommended to reduce parasites. Pretty much standard in BG LMB ponds.


4 acre pond 32 ft deep within East Texas (Livingston) timber ranch. Filled (to the top of an almost finished dam) by Hurricane Harvey 9/17. Stocked with FHM, CNBG, RES 10/17. Added 35lbs RSC 3/18. 400 N LMB fingerlings 6/18
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Agree on redears.


It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.

Boy, if I say "sic em", you'd better look for something to bite. Sam Shelley Rancher and Farmer Muleshoe Texas 1892-1985 RIP
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Originally Posted By: bigpullerman
That is one fish I plan on getting in my pond. Don't see any downside.
tim k I see you are from Lampasas Tx. I have a cousin that lives in that area.


actually live outside Georgetown -

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Yes they are good to have in your pond.

RES information and links to other RES threads

More than you ever wanted to know about RES and a fair amount you shouldn't know.


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TimK, don't let the links and obviously authentic photos scare you. RE simply want to be understood and loved as they are. Adopt some today.


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Stocked 100 of them today on my 1.5 acre pond along with another 500 bluegill and ten lbs of minnows. I already have a strong group of bluegill in my pond but thought I would add a few.

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I dip seigned the ditches around the house last weekend and caught a few dozen small crawfish and fished them on/near the bottom in hopes of catching one of the few RES I stocked, just to see how they were doing. I caught everything BUT RES!! I'll be glad when Overtons gets in some bigger stockers so I can boost their numbers.


.10 surface acre pond, 10.5 foot deep. SW LA. The epitome of a mutt pond. BG, LMB, GSF, RES, BH, Warmouth, Longear Sunfish, Gambusia,Mud Minnows, Crappie, and now shiners!!...I subscribe!!
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I don’t see many in my pond either, occasionally I’ll catch one as a by catch while fishing a jig for BCP. They hang out in shallow water on sandy bottoms 18”-24”. Fish them with earth worms and you might have better luck. Very elusive in the pond

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Originally Posted By: Pat Williamson
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I don’t see many in my pond either, occasionally I’ll catch one as a by catch while fishing a jig for BCP. They hang out in shallow water on sandy bottoms 18”-24”. Fish them with earth worms and you might have better luck. Very elusive in the pond


Could be I was trying too deep, Pat. I was under the impression that unless spawning, and even then, RES tend to keep to deeper water. I tried everything from around 4' out to 11'. The shallower depths under a bobber, until the length of line got too long to make a decent cast, then I went without it and just splitshot the hook on the bottom.

One thing about crawfish, everything that bit tried to swallow the hook, and I had to cut off several to keep from killing them.

I found a couple of 'dads holding eggs in my bucket, so they got tossed in the pond. I probably signed a death warrant on my Widgeon Grass doing so....hope not.

On another note, my BH are looking really good!! I also find I catch bigger BG if I use doughballs, I seldom ever gut hook one, I can catch several fish on one bait, and hardly ever catch a GSF...crawfish...its one and done, and everything in the pond eats them....except RES, LOL.


.10 surface acre pond, 10.5 foot deep. SW LA. The epitome of a mutt pond. BG, LMB, GSF, RES, BH, Warmouth, Longear Sunfish, Gambusia,Mud Minnows, Crappie, and now shiners!!...I subscribe!!
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“Shorty” is the Guru on catching RES , you might PM him


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