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Well whatever you did, it appears to be working with the 3+ lb trout!

I am hopeful you will be able to repeat your difficult-to-achieve "recipe" for large trout again next year. grin

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A milder winter could have allowed trout to eat more food and get better growth in not quite as cold water.

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Trout grow amazingly fast on good food, I've stocked 2# trout in October and they were 7# in mid June.


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Originally Posted by esshup
Trout grow amazingly fast on good food, I've stocked 2# trout in October and they were 7# in mid June.

Man, 2# stockers are huge! My biggest stockers are 3/4 to 1# in December.

I'm guessing they don't survive past mid-June for you, just as they die off about a month earlier for me. Do you try to catch & eat as many as possible the last couple of months? What lures work best?

Quick math shows your fish grew about .6 to .7 # per month. My best went from .8 to 3.3 in December - mid May, maybe .5 # per month. You probably feed them better than I do. I stock about 180# RBT total, most smaller fish to hopefully feed my LMB during winter & early spring.

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All, thanks for your comments.

Anthropic, my lake is only about 13’ deep at high water and fed by runoff so we start seeing floaters around the first of June if we don’t get them all out... which we never do. I stocked 200 in Nov, feed 3x/day. We have a big rodeo for the PHW folks in a couple of weeks to help get them out. The fly fishermen use wooly buggers and white rooster tails work best here for spin casting.

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I like to use small spoons, spinners, and jigs with plastics for my stocked trout. Worms also work very well, as do roe bags. I fish worms either on the bottom when it is very cold or warm or under a sensitive float when the fish are feeding near the surface.


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Originally Posted by Freedomeagle
All, thanks for your comments.

Anthropic, my lake is only about 13’ deep at high water and fed by runoff so we start seeing floaters around the first of June if we don’t get them all out... which we never do. I stocked 200 in Nov, feed 3x/day. We have a big rodeo for the PHW folks in a couple of weeks to help get them out. The fly fishermen use wooly buggers and white rooster tails work best here for spin casting.

How much do you feed per day? I have approximately 60-100 brown trout in a 1 acre pond, 14ft deep. I am unsure of how much to feed. My fish stay in year round, oldest were stocked four years ago. I have a feeling I am not feeding enough and could have much larger fish. Thanks in advance.

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I was feeding Optimal Bass food at the rate of approximately 3/4#-1# per day with approximately the same amount of trout in the pond. I was feeding once per day at noon, automatic feeder (Texas Hunter) where the aerator kept the ice open during the winter.


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Likewise, I have TH feeders. I feed a 5mm pellet for 5 seconds 3x/d. I’m guessing it’s 1.5-2lbs per day

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Thanks for the information. I just measured out how many jars of food 3/4 lb is, and I will be feeding that daily. I been disappointed with absolutely zero feeding response in the past few days. It happened suddenly after we had a cold front and the water temperatures dropped about 5 celcius. I guess temperature changes really effect the fish in the pond in terms of their activity.


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I will defer to the brainiacs about temp drops but I have found that, when they are hungry, they will eat.

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Originally Posted by Fyfer123
Thanks for the information. I just measured out how many jars of food 3/4 lb is, and I will be feeding that daily. I been disappointed with absolutely zero feeding response in the past few days. It happened suddenly after we had a cold front and the water temperatures dropped about 5 celcius. I guess temperature changes really effect the fish in the pond in terms of their activity.

I've found the same thing. However, rainbow trout will often increase feeding response when temps fall, while LMB and CNBG lose interest.


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Every pond is different. My fish will slow down eating pellets a LOT when the water temp drops, but a customer will have fish splashing to get to the food until there is ice on the pond. Same species of fish, just different ponds.


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Interesting that it differs pond to pond. I believe we are still below optimal water temperatures for browns right now, but things are warming up. Hopefully, feeding will start to pick up as well.


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