Pond Management - For better fish growth

hi my name is Steve fender I'm from

fenders fish hatchery here we're based

here in Ohio we've been stocking ponds

and lakes and managing Lakes for since

1956 and what we're doing this video for

here today is to help you better manage

your body of water and grow big fish

basically everybody stock spawn one big

fish and we've done a video earlier on

pond stocking ratios and you want to

refer back that if you're stocking a new

pond to get the right ratio so you have

a good balance in your pond to begin

with what we're going to talked about

here is growing big bass big bluegill

big catfish whatever you have in your

pond or whatever your goal is for your

pond whether it's growing big bluegill

or big cats or bass

we're going to educate you on that so

you know how to do this primarily the

first thing you want to do is you want

to have a good balance of fish I have

customers come in with all kinds of

ideas things we want to do some good

some bad if I have a customer come in

and what's put in bass only I always try

to inform you need to have a forage fish

you have predators you have forage you

have to have both of them together or

you don't have a good balance when you

stock your pond with bass and bluegill

what you're doing is your bachelor your

main predator your bluegill is your main

forage fish bluegill will also act as

the control fish too as indeed a lot of

bass eggs and a lot of bass fry keeping

the bass from becoming overpopulated and

at the same time to reproduce them

making feed for the bass bluegill makes

such a good forage because they spawn

all summer long not necessarily the same

one but different sizes of bluegill

spawn all some are making feed all year

long for all your different varieties of

fish whether it's cats bass perch even

the other bluegill now the way you want

to enhance the growth of the overall

body of water general good management

and stocking properly will grow nice

fish you want to go to the next level

start feeding with pellets we sell a

pellet and you can buy it at your local

feed stores and like at keep in mind

when you buy fish feed you want to buy a

pellet that's small enough that they can

eat it comfortably and you're going to

focus mostly on the bluegill as far as

your feeding anyhow so you're going to

get a pellets about eighth inch in size

that floats and also find the highest

protein you can get 4050 percent protein

similar net in that

area is what you want to shoot for if

you buy 20 or 25% protein you'll find

out the bluegill just don't eat it as


they're not going to grow as fast they

won't like it you just won't have the

same results so keep in mind 8-inch

pellet and something in about that forty

to forty to forty five even fifty

percent range if you can find it that

will reel big bluegill when you grow big

bluegill big bluegill obviously make

more eggs make it more feed for your

bass when the eggs hatch out and make

fry also what happens when you're

feeding a bluegill they're not stealing

bass eggs and they're not eating that

eating the bass right so now your bass

population gets larger so now you're

going to have more big bass big bluegill

the whole nine yards so by feedeth

pellets is a very really big big benefit

now we have some customers that go

directly to the bass with feed and at

that when I meaning is they buy feeder

minnows Fathead minutes we sell a feeder

minnow here figure minnow that's about

inch to inch and a half and size adults

are two inches that's as big as you're

going to get a feeder minitor Fathead

minute to get so you're not going to

ever establish them in your pond because

of the fact that you know two inches

ventually going to get all eaten up but

when you put them in as in they spawn as

long as they're going to spawn four or

five times throughout the whole summer

making feed continuously and you have

you have a lot of brush a lot of

structure hiding-places form that's also

going to give the the fat head mitt as a

chance to survive long enough to

reproduce several times you'll want to

stock minnows every spring every fall

even through the summer whenever you can

and the more you put in the more the

bass out to eat fast you're going to

grow the bigger they're going to get now

the downside to all this when you're

pushing all this food into the pond what

you're going to find out as you're

fishing is going to be a little bit

tough fish by for two reasons either

hungry or you aggravate them till they

hit on a bait when you get to feeding a

bluegill on the bass aggressively like

this with pellets and minnows you're

going to find out that you've taken that

one element away now you're going to

have to become a better fisherman beings

they got all they want to eat they're

going to be harder to catch they're

going to be more choosy about what they

bite on but that's a sign of a good pun

when I have customers call me and tell

me they can't catch their fish that

typically is because they have a very

well balanced bond the thing is doing

very good so that's something you want

to keep in mind you are

have a little tougher time catching fish

so you just have to become a better

fisherman but Stockman's minnows is a

real plus a little bit of rule of thumb

if you're stopped if you're feeding with

pellets aggressively you can feed four

to five bags of feed per summer that's

fifty pound bags that's aggressive if

you feed two or three bags you're still

going to make a big difference is going

to help I've seen customers feed five

and six bags per surface acre of water

that kind of gives you a little bit of

rule of thumb what you're going to get

into as far as feeding now as far as a

minute stocking I have customers dump

anywhere from a thousand to ten thousand

in per acre it just depends on how

aggressive you want to be on growing

your fish a thousand per surface acre of

minnows twice a year will definitely

make a difference you're dumping more

food into the bottom end of the pond by

doing this you're going to find out that

everything in that pond will feed on to

minnows your bass your bluegill perch

crappie anything you have in there is

going to feed on minnows very well so

you're going to help everything grill by

following these guidelines I can

guarantee you will not have stunted fish

as long as there's food there they eat

they grow they can't be stunted so yes

this is all common-sense approach to

raising nice fish in your pond the other

thing is like I said earlier keep plenty

of brush and cover in your pond so you

have plenty of Very's to hide and you're

going to have more survival on your

little on your little minnows the other

thing that helps is you have a better

survival rate on your bass your bluegill

perch and crappie and stuff like that to

set helps to catfish will also eat on

pellets if you get the feeding catfish

on pellets they won't compete against

the bass so feeding the catfish they get

lazy they eat off the pellets and leave

all your other fish alone so here again

now you're making more fish in your pond

so you get more big fish out of your

pond so you know it gives you a chance

to raise big bass for trophy fishing or

is you just you want to take more fish

out to eat whenever you boost that it's

like fertilizing your garden the more

fertilizer you put to it the more these

your plants are going to grow the more

minah's you put to your fish or fish

feed the bigger your fish you're going

to grow my customers that do these kind

of practices have really really good

success and grow big fish the other

thing you want to keep in mind when

you're boosting these numbers like that

you want to make sure you either have

aeration of some kind of those bottom

aeration of surface area

and also make sure you have or if you

have water flow running in and whether

you have a spring fresh water runoff

whatever you want to make sure that your

oxygen levels don't get too low if

you're in an area where you have hard

winters like we do if you have a large

concentration of fish because you've

feeding them all season your likelihood

of a fish kill is a lot greater because

there's more fish use and more options

so that like I'm saying you need to have

some sort of variation if you don't have

a spring if you have a really good

spring that could take care of that also

but just make sure you have a winter

kill watch things out that way a little

bit the other thing is your perch and

crappie typically they won't feed on

pellets if you can sometimes get perch

to feed on pellets it's not very common

but the perch in crop we also feed on

the millet min is very well so that's

going to make more feed for them too so

then if you want stock walleye stock and

walleye you know you put Minna's in

whenever you put min is in you just

basically change the dynamics of the

whole pond you can do more of what you

want to do for this pond you get our

website at WWF energy calm you'll find

our product on our product page you'll

find my book I wrote a book here several

years ago that basically takes takes you

through the steps of raising fish on

management we control just anything pond

related it's all in that book so if you

go to our website check that out you may

want to get a copy of that to help you

raise your fish