Say you had a pond

Discussion in 'Fishing' started by kyhunter99, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 10 pointer

    Lets say you had a pond about 1 acre and in it you had almost all the typical panfish and largemouth bass, then you had bullhead catfish.
    If a person were to add a channel cat or a few.. what would be the impact of them on the populations and could they sustain themselves or would the pond be too small?
     
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  2. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

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    I'd try to get the bullheads out, and add about 100 6-7" channel cats. 1.5-2 acre pond can sustain a large population of fish. It has been my experience that bullheads breed profusely, and will never get more than 7-8" long. They can take over a pond. I'd also buy a pound or two of minnows and turn loose in the pond every couple months from March-October.
     
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  3. Feedman

    Feedman Cyber-Hunter

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    No Bullheads
    Bgkyarcher is correct.
    We never added the minnows but had plenty of blue gills
     
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  4. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 10 pointer

    Biggest bullhead i got out of there was 12" but yes, i agree no bullhead. So the channels would clean them up pretty good? That was my hope
     
  5. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

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    The channels will eat the bullheads once they reach 3-4 pounds. If you've got plenty of small bluegill, then the minnows won't be necessary, but they sure help.
     
  6. bgkyarcher

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    I'd catch the bullheads, and give them away. We never had a problem getting rid of them when I was a kid.
     
  7. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 10 pointer

    Good idea
     
  8. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

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    You can rig up a bottom rig with multiple hooks. We used to catch 2-3 at a time in heavy populated ponds.
     
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  9. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 10 pointer

    Great idea! That would be alot of fun too
     
  10. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 10 pointer

    What would the minnows be for...?
     
  11. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

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    Food for the fish.... Really helps the smaller bass. Like I said, if you've got plenty of SMALL bluegill, not really necessary.
     
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  12. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

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    In a pond an acre in size you want bluegill, largemouth bass, 30-100 channel cat, and maybe a dozen sterile grass carp. Get rid of everything else. Make sure you get some brushpiles to give fry and minnows some cover. I use cedar trees cause they last a long time.[​IMG]
     
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  13. There are some excellent websites on pond management too. I am having one dug this fall and have been researching. It’s caused me to change course on my original plans.
     
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  14. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

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    How big and deep you making it? If I ever get the wife to move, I'm going to have a pond for sure.
     
  15. It will be somewhere between 1-2 acres. I told him deep as he can go so that probably will shrink the surface area.
     

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