If you have built a pond or lake or are planning on building one to raise fish in, there are a few different guidelines you should go by. When stocking a body of water with fish, you have to consider what kind of fish you are stocking. If you are stocking it with fingerlings, for instance, and you have bass in there that are over a year or two old, there is a good chance they will eat some of those fingerlings.
A pond is generally under 6 acres big, whereas anything bigger is considered a lake. It doesn’t take a very large body of water to be able to raise fish. You can stock and harvest hundreds of them out of a pond only a third of an acre in size. A pond or lake can be built and stocked either in a field or in the woods.
Catfish are generally the main fish that people want their body of water stocked with. If you stock your pond or lake with catfish and feed them regularly, they will be big enough to eat in a year or two. Your fingerlings, well fed, should grow about a pound in the first year.
Some fish, such as bass, will do well in a pond or lake even without any cover such as old trees, yet there is still the threat of turtles, birds, and other animals eating your freshly stocked fish. If you are in the process of building your pond or lake, you may want to put some old Christmas trees or brush in certain areas.
Although crappie are don’t generally reproduce very well in small bodies of water, it is possible to raise some of them in a smaller pond even. Crappie like to eat minnows, so you may want to keep a decent amount of them in there.
Here in Missouri, you can get the government to stock your pond or lake with a certain amount of fish for free. In the past, you had to let the public fish there if they stocked it, however this is no longer the case. You’re just not allowed to sell them. The amount of fish you should stock your pond or lake with depends on the size and location of it. Check out the regulations in your state at a local conservation office.
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Local Guide to Clearwater Lake Near Piedmont, Missouri
How to Use Different Catfish Area Lures
The Sport of Bow Fishing
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