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Re: Stocking A New Pond North Of Abilene Tx.
Scalebuster #536567 06/15/21 08:21 PM
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Have the BG from last year spawned ? Do a seine survey and post results. If you have had several spawns by BG then you wont need 2000 more but it would not hurt if you want a LMB lake. Are you feeding ? FH addition would be good. I would stock 35 LMB per acre if that is your goal. 100 LMB pre acre is to many if you want large LMB. Newer data indicates that rather than 10 to 1 BG/LMB that for a LMB pond 30 to 1 will allow you to keep sufficient forage for an additional 2 years.

Spent some time at the tank today. Both my boys have been swimming and fishing in it all day. It’s still 7’ from the floor of the dock and they have had a great time jumping into 12’ of water.

I have little schools of 15-20 bluegill all over the tank in the shallows and saw several 6-7” gills on the bed. Caught a bunch of them off the dock. I think I’m good on forage. I will drop in 10 more pounds of fatheads with my bass, and 300 catfish. I think the bluegill have really torn up the fatheads in one year. I’m going to go with 100 natives, 100 tiger bass, and 100 Florida’s. Does anyone see anything wrong with this? I’m also considering golden shiners when I pick up my bass and fatheads. Any experienced comments are appreciated.

I’m really excited to see this much water in the tank with the fish reproducing so well. I’m going to do a water test on the next trip. The tank gets extremely clear and has a lot of Gyp outcroppings in Fisher county. It’s pretty black right now from all of the decaying vegetation, but I think it will get too clear again. I may need to add some grass carp as well.

Back to my question on stocking. Am I doing this right? Do I need to add more bluegill? What about the shiners and catfish? Are my bass numbers out of line?

Re: Stocking A New Pond North Of Abilene Tx.
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IMO 300 CC and 300 LMB are way to many for your situation. What size fish are you thinking about stocking?
















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Originally Posted by ewest
IMO 300 CC and 300 LMB are way to many for your situation. What size fish are you thinking about stocking?
2” -3” bass, 5” cats, the tank has filled to 10 acres at least. 20’ deep in the front and 5’ at the back. This is not a new tank it’s filled with trees and plenty of cover. How many do you think I should stock?

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My guess is 100 CC and 150 LMB assuming there are no other adult predators. Be sure to habituate them. You can always add more but taking them out is a lot of work. Larger LMB (5-6 inch) would be better IMO and if so then 100 is enough.
















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I think I saw where you wanted a bass pond, if that's right then leave the catfish out of the stocking plans. They compete for food with the bass and if you catch and release them they will become hard to catch. When I did my start-up in my 3-acre pond with 80 fingerling lmb per acre I had 3 lmb that had grown to 3lbs in 10 months. These were known as Jumpers. The other lmb were in the 13" range.


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Re: Stocking A New Pond North Of Abilene Tx.
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Originally Posted by ewest
My guess is 100 CC and 150 LMB assuming there are no other adult predators. Be sure to habituate them. You can always add more but taking them out is a lot of work. Larger LMB (5-6 inch) would be better IMO and if so then 100 is enough.

Nothing in the tank but BG and FHM. Many of the BG are already 7”+ long. Will they kill my fingerling bass in significant numbers?

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I would think some might but probably enough will survive especially if BG are spawning to feed bass.... in a new pond you can almost see them grow

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