What good are catfish in a pond? Aside from table fare or as a target species, all they are is competition for your predator species. They really offer no benefit (other than bluegill control) if you happen to have that problem. They are not a desired species to me so I have zero reason to stock them.
As far as taking pellets I would bet once the weather warms it won't take long at all till they'll start taking pellets if you're consistent with time and location of feeding.
I hav always wanted to try a pond with fatheads as a starter, then bluegills and catfish. I fear that, sooner or later, it would be out of balance with too many BG.
Lusk sez: only bluegills can spawn enough to feed bass and only bass can keep up with bluegills booming spawns.
Catfish fry go everywhere in a school and are easily picked off by everything. But, on a new pond, stocked with bluegills and bass they can compete. However, they do not successfully replenish themselves in the face of predation.
I have a 1/4 acre pond that, after many years and generations, is now all green sunfish. It’s now less than 1/8 acre due to drought. If, or when, we get enough rain to refill it, I intend to restock with fatheads, bluegills and catfish. I want to find out if I can balance a bluegill pond with cats. Due to the distance, a mile from the house, I can’t use a feeder and can only get there by 4 wheeler. If hogs didn’t destroy it, poachers would steal it. Afraid I’ll screw things up. With the limited spawns of GSF, I don’t have O2 problems. Other species like BG could over populate it causing an O2 crash. We will see if cats can be the answer.
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DD1 - I look forward to your results from using FHM, BG/GSF and CC. I think if enough CC of mixed sizes are present they could control BG numbers. I would start with at least two sizes of CC. 5"-7" and 8"-10" with fingerling BG. Feed the CC until the first BG spawn; then stop feeding them. If you don't feed the CC for 1st year then 1st year stock a few spawner size BG with the fingerlings to create food for the smaller CC.
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