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Question for TJ or anyone else who might know. I stocked the 3-5 inch BCP (Black Crappie) and the 3-5 inch CC (Channel Catfish) mid November 2020. When should they reach harvestable size fish?
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Originally Posted by Heppy
Question for TJ or anyone else who might know. I stocked the 3-5 inch BC and the 3-5 inch CC mid November 2020. When should they reach harvestable size fish?
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Around here, BC is Blue Catfish and BCP is Black Crappie. I assume you added crappies and not blue cats, correct?

I'll comment on the CC, though. Farm raised CC that start out as fry can reach marketable weights (generally 1 to 1.5 pounds, in around 14 months. Since yours started out with a good head start, they could be around a pound already, depending on how much you've fed them.

Edit: I was thinking you added them in Nov of 2019, my bad. They've only been in there for 4 months, and all cold months (low feeding), so they probably haven't grown much yet, but they may be a pound or so by the end of the summer.

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Steve,
I meant BCP for Black Crappie and CC for channel catfish. Thanks for the help!
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Heppy:

That question could be answered pretty easily if you can tell us how much food they are individually eating per month, and is it natural food or a good quality dry fish food? wink


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The pond has abundant natural forage consisting of FHM, GS, crayfish, mountain redbelly dace, creek chubs, etc... I just restarted feeding Optimal Jr after shutting the feeder off last fall. It’s hard to guess how much feed I will be using per month this year but anticipate averaging about 50lbs per month April-October. As you’re aware this is a multi-species pond. I appreciate the help!
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Originally Posted by Heppy
Esshup,
The pond has abundant natural forage consisting of FHM, GS, crayfish, mountain redbelly dace, creek chubs, etc... I just restarted feeding Optimal Jr after shutting the feeder off last fall. It’s hard to guess how much feed I will be using per month this year but anticipate averaging about 50lbs per month April-October. As you’re aware this is a multi-species pond. I appreciate the help!
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Heppy, there is no way to know for sure because you cannot know how much they are eating per fish "group". The key is know how much they are individually eating. Yes I knew it was a loaded question that I asked. The 2nd question is what do you consider to be a "harvestable size fish"? My grandmother who was in her 30's during the Great Depression would shoot me if I told her I didn't keep the 5" Bluegill that I was catching. To her that was a harvestable fish.

Providing your CC are getting enough to eat, they should be around 14"-16" bu this Fall. Pretty much like Steve_ said. We stocked Hybrid Crappie (HBC) in a pond at 2.5"-4" in length in May 2019 and in a year some were 8"-9" and a few were caught that were 13". This winter the HBC were around 12" with a few around 14". Your results may vary depending on how much food they have to eat.


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Esshup,
It sounds like 2022 will be the year to reach harvest size for the BCP.
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I emailed these pictures to Bill Cody to identify. He suggested that I post them on here for the Pond Boss community. I set up an Imgur account to be able to post pics from my iPhone. Better late than never I guess. Does anyone have a positive identification of this minnow in Virginia.
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Edit: My guess is a rosy side dace.
https://www.efish.fishwild.vt.edu/families/rosysidedace.html

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Heppy - I agree that your fish is probably a rosyside dace. Mouth size is right, similar sized, scales are correct and coloration is appropriate for the male; females have more drab color. Rosyside dace spawn in streams mostly using the active nests of creek chubs and white sucker, thus the chance is very low to not happening for these minnows spawning in your pond.

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Pretty fish!!


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Thanks Bill, esshup and ewest!
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Yellow perch eggs and another minnow identification
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That might be a large female rosyside dace. Females are drab color and it looks plump like it has eggs. Mouth is correct, scales look okay, fin positions are okay.


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Thanks Bill! I’m sure I’ll have more to identify in the near future as well as plants.
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Fantail darter? Can anyone confirm?

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New plants showed up in the pond this spring. Any help with identification would be greatly appreciated!
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5 is eel grass, 6 looks like Sago pondweed. Eel grass seems to come and go in certain years but not present every year around here anyway.

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Snipe thanks for that. I think 1 and 2 might be corkscrew eel grass but am unsure of 3 and 4. Any guesses?
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1 & 2 - corkscrew eel grass
3 & 4 - elodia
5 - eel grass
6 - sago pondweed

My best guess with Snipe confirming number 5.

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Got a piece of what I thought was elodia but it has 2 opposing leafs that are at 90 degrees from the previous 2 leaves on the stem. Can anyone help with identification?

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Regular Galvanized (1/2 by 1/2 inch) and Drawstring Mesh Bait Bags (3 - pack) from Reel Texas Outdoors scheduled to arrive tomorrow for pond sampling. I have located a new spot where it seems Satinfin shiners are abundant. This will give me my first real shot at catching some adults prior to spawning to put in my forage pond with the spawning devices Dr. Perca helped me build last year. If I am able to capture more than 50 (minnow trap) they will be going in the big pond as well. The TH feeder has been adjusted to 3 seconds twice a day with the mixture of Optimal Jr. and Optimal Bass with the increased feeding. My oldest son caught the first fish of the year a small YP and golden shiner. He lost a BCP and one of the HSB stocked last year all on worms with a bobber.

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