Originally Posted By: canyoncreek
SHorty your help is very great! What color size jig? Also, if I stocked my RES at 2", roughly how many seasons of growing in W MI till they get about the size in your picture above? 2? 3?

They don't take pellets but have plenty of minnows, snails, crayfish, etc so hopefully are not short on food. Only about 40-50 small ones in a .3 acre pond.

I was hoping some of the bigger ones stocked last year (some were just over 2") might spawn later this year but I don't see any shallow activity so I think probably next spring at best.

Based on seine surveys over several years I believe the 5-1/2" to 6" RES I have were hatched in 2013 and my 8-9" RES were hatched in 2012.

The ones you stocked last year are likely big enough to spawn this year.