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what predator fish should I plant to hepl with over population of panfish

Flathead catfish
1 (25%)
Large mouth bass
2 (50%)
Northern pike
0 (0%)
channel catfish
0 (0%)
small mouth bass
1 (25%)

Total Members Voted: 4

Voting closed: June 14, 2007, 10:20:19 AM

Author Topic: haveing a pond dug  (Read 908 times)

Offline bighoytman

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haveing a pond dug
« on: May 24, 2007, 10:20:19 AM »
I gonna plant some high bred blue gills ,crappie,and perch. I would like your help selecting what type of predator fish to plant to help controll population.
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Re: haveing a pond dug
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2007, 11:43:10 AM »
well, if you want them to double as food, i'd go for the cats. If this pond is rather small, pike might not do so well. Bass might be nice, but you said it freezes, so I wouldn't know about that.Cats or bass,

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Re: haveing a pond dug
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2007, 01:43:36 PM »
From my understanding, cats and bass don't play well together in small ecosystems. I would suggest the bucketmouths because you want the smaller fish to get et and not the bigger ones. You could also go with the flats, but you can't have as many flats per acre as you can bass.

doing this is not a quick process. The best routine that I came across when researching this years ago, was to introduce the minners the first year, panfish the next, and then the predators. This way the minnows don't get et up the first year and allows them to breed, creating an abundance of food for the panfish. Then after that year, the pans will be the dominant species and will thrive for a season, meaning lots of little ones just in time to introduce the real predators. This generally translates into a healthy ecosystem with plenty of larger fish of all species.

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Re: haveing a pond dug
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2007, 01:51:11 PM »
I don't know that much about the pike, so I don't know how they would do.  All I know is that on our 5 acre lake, both the cats and the bass eat really well and keep the pan fish numbers in check. O0  But then again, the bass eat all of the baby ducks in the spring also! >:(
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Re: haveing a pond dug
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2007, 10:31:37 AM »
A problem with flatheads for small fish control is the fact they eat everything and grow large enough to be a negative effect on an enclosed body of water. I would go with the channel cats if I was going to introduce catfish in a pond.
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