It's your pond, your decision. This is the kind of stuff that those of us raising fish have to be absolutely certain about. Management strategies are different for both predator and prey.
The horizontal lateral line and pigment markings are very clear, the jaw line is huge compared to a smallie.
"X" acres of water will support about 25-30% more lbs of SMB per acre than LMB.
If you are good with it, that's all that matters.
Generally, LMB lay more than double the eggs of equivalent length SMB also. Just wanted to point out what it is with consideration to what I thought you were expecting.

Last edited by Snipe; 08/08/22 10:56 AM.