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Post by Splash One on Sun 17 Apr 2011, 9:36 pm

I had this nagging urge to catch a fish before the sun went down so I ran over to the neighborhood pond and tossed around a Kalin's Tennessee shad colored crappie jig... Micro bass delight.... I caught 6 bass in about 30 minutes....I saw about a 3 pounder sitting on her bed, but she wanted nothing to do with a crappie jig... will go after her tomorrow with proper harassment gear.

What are your thoughts on over crowded ponds and stunted fish...cull the smaller or larger of the bunch? These ponds are ridiculously loaded with 4-8 inch bass... and I believe there needs to be some major thinning of the bass population.

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Post by watch em fall on Sun 17 Apr 2011, 10:12 pm

that is the trouble with small bodies of water they get to thick with little fish.we put a few pike in them to let them cull the little ones.

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Post by Gary on Tue 19 Apr 2011, 3:27 pm

I have had my pond for 20 years and it is 1.5 acres. About 6 years ago I stopped catching my usual 4-6 pound bass. I had a biologist come out and he said it was overcrowed with bass. He told me to throw all the bass out that were under 12" long. I did and there were a ton that size. It surprised me just how many there were in there. You never realize it because we are always throwing them back. It took two years but last year I caught a 7lb. I continue to throw and it seems to be working.
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Post by Splash One on Tue 19 Apr 2011, 5:07 pm

Thanks for the info guys, I will start culling these ponds.. I'm going get a hold of the home owners association and see if they will let me dive the ponds "to clean out trash".... I should get a pretty good idea of population density from that.... if you watch my pond bassin video you will see the average size bass in these ponds .. the pond in the video is slightly larger then the other one...

I am an avid panfish fisherman, and I enjoy fly fishing these ponds because they are full of hand size and larger bluegills, and green ear sunfish.... how should I handle that population in conjunction with culling the bass... on a good day I can go to these ponds and catch 50 1/2 pound bluegill in an hour. Should I start culling them as well?

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Post by Gary on Wed 20 Apr 2011, 9:10 am

The bioligist told me not to take as many bluegill as bass out because the large bass use the bluegills as a food source. But if you can catch 50 1/2lb. ones a day, it sounds like your best way to cull is to eat some and feed the homeowners association. You surely will not be hurting any population by culling the bluegill. They are like rabbits anyway.
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Post by Splash One on Thu 21 Apr 2011, 5:01 pm

Gary wrote:The biologist told me not to take as many bluegill as bass out because the large bass use the bluegills as a food source. But if you can catch 50 1/2lb. ones a day, it sounds like your best way to cull is to eat some and feed the homeowners association. You surely will not be hurting any population by culling the bluegill. They are like rabbits anyway.

Yup I was told by a biologist that the only way to remove bass or bluegills/sunfish from your pond was to drain it. I know that bass eat the bluegills, but I know that after a certain size bass won't eat a blue gill no matter how big the bass is because bluegills are round and are hard to swallow... I guess if I want larger bass I need to free up more forage by reducing the large bluegills... I have been snapping their spines and throwing them into the pond...more turtle and catfish food.

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