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Harvesting large bluegills in a trophy bass pond.
#523514 07/11/20 09:05 PM
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When I started managing my pond a couple of years ago it was heavily bass crowded. I have removed about 200 bass and now have an explosion of forage fish as I had hoped to accomplish. There are very few bluegill that were not born this year that are under 9 inches.
I have a very healthy population of adult bluegill, mostly males in the 9 to 12 inch range. Is this a good thing for a trophy bass pond? I know they are producing a lot of offspring. Or are they competing with the younger bluegill that need to grow into that 4-7” ideal food size? As well as competing with my up-and-coming young bass? I am currently feeding MVP twice a day. If I need to harvest some is there a recommendation on how many in a 3 acre pond?


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Re: Harvesting large bluegills in a trophy bass pond.
Andrew Epperson #523548 07/13/20 08:09 AM
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I am not sure my recommendations from here in E. Texas would come into play where you are when it comes to a trophy lmb pond but I don't pull out my largest bg. I look at them as my breeders that produce the most fry in my 3 acre pond. But I do enjoy catching them on my 3 wt fly rod for sport and will catch and release them. I will pull out the next size under those big bg for eating when I want some good tasting fish. By doing this it makes room for the new bg fry and will help to balance out the size's of bg. I will pull out around 50 per year.


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Re: Harvesting large bluegills in a trophy bass pond.
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Large BG (males and females) produce many more offspring than small BG. Same for LMB and WE. Others likely as well. See an upcoming article in PB mag.
















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