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Common Questions


We are always here to help.  If its in the middle of the night and you want some common questions answered, here it is.  If you don't find it, you can alway shoot us an email.   We will be glad to help  


What do my Bass eat?

When stocking bass, it takes a minimum of 5 bluegill to every 1 bass.  Another way of looking at it is,  it takes 5lbs of Bluegill to give you 1 pound of bass.  Fathead Minnows are a great start if you estabilishing a pond or lake with fish and starting with fingerlings.  Keep in mind as your lake develops your bass and coppernose relationship is going to be very important.  One more reminder,  Hybrids do not make a good food source for bass. Stick with a native or coppernose bluegill.  This will give you the best reproduction and the most bang for your buck..... 


What are Redear Bream?


Redear is a great addition to the health of your pond.  Other names for the is fish is Shellcracker, Government Bream, Stump Knocker and probaby has a few more nicknames.  These fish eat snails and crestacians along with worms and other common food for fish.  Snails and Crestacians can carry parasites that can hook on your other fish and eventually create health problems to the host.  So Redear can help reduce the population of snails and crestacians giving your pond a healtheir environment.


How can I tell the difference in White Crappie & Black Crappie?


Sometimes Black & White Crappie can be a little tough to determine the difference.  Here is one way you can tell.  Black Crappie can have 7 or more dorsal spines and can be flanked with irregular black blothes. White Crappie will have 6 or less dorsal spines and they can be flanked with indistince vertical bars.  Counting the dorsal fins would be the easiest way to tell.


What is a Hybrid Bluegill?

The Hybrid Bluegill is crossed between a male bluegill and female green sunfish. This particular cross produces a fish with the large mouth of the sunfish and the aggressiveness of the bluegill, which enables the fish to grow faster and larger than common bream. It will feed on a commercial feed with annual growth rates of up to 1/2 to 3/4 pound per growing season.


What is a Standard Stocking for a pond?


Common stocking rates can be as follows.  Custom stocking rates can be determine by the type of fish you like to catch... I will use a 1 acre for an example.  If you have an exisiting pond, you will need to take your existing fish in consideratoin when stocking.  A pond assessmnt can help you with that.  

1 acre.  100 Bass 500 Native Bluegill 100 Channel Catfish, 10lbs Fathead Minnows.  Other suggestions could be 100 Redear Bream..  I usually do not suggest Crappie in smaller ponds but they can be stocked 100 per acre of water.

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