Stocking Adult Bass If you choose to stock your pond with adult bass, do so carefully, in small amounts. Here's how. Bass are not only a fisherman's favorite, but they are also a key component to a healthy pond. A proper number of bass of varying size and age will keep other fish populations in Author: Shan O'gorman. If adult bass are needed, stocking them at a rate of 5-10 bass per acre will help maintain a pond's food chain and result in a healthy, thriving pond. POND BOSS Magazine is the world’s leading resource for fish, pond and fisheries management information including discussions on muddy water, raising trophy fish, fish feeding, building a pond.
Creating a Balance To properly balance your pond, you should stock your pond with 3 prey fish, like perch or bluegill, for every predator fish, such as bass. This fish stocking strategy for your pond will ensure that your predator fish will have a bountiful selection of prey, while still giving the prey fish a sporting chance to mature and Author: The Pond Guy. Stocking Options for New Ponds. The typical stocking plan for establishing a largemouth bass, sunfish, and channel catfish pond uses fingerling fish for economy. The sunfish should be stocked in late summer or early fall (following pond construction and filling) so they can grow large enough to spawn the following spring, providing young.
This should allow a greater period of time for the bass to feed on bluegill and make more adult bass available to spawn in the pond. The catch-and-release of bass, and not harvest (removal), should be an important aspect of the pond fishing experience. On the other hand, a pond where no fish are allowed to be kept can become out of balance as well.