Tilapia in farm ponds

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Re: Tilapia in farm ponds

Postby callmefence » Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:03 am

greybeard wrote:
Their young keep the largemouth bass fat and sassy.

That's really why I would even consider stocking them. I have lots of grass and lots of bass, and I want the bass fed more.
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greybeard wrote:
Their young keep the largemouth bass fat and sassy.

That's really why I would even consider stocking them. I have lots of grass and lots of bass, and I want the bass fed more.

Have you considered FatHead Minnows?


I agree. Fat head minnows are the best option for a small tank.
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Re: Tilapia in farm ponds

Postby callmefence » Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:09 am

JMJ Farms wrote:
TexasBred wrote:
greybeard wrote:I have lots of minnows already. I want something that grows a little bigger. Shad won't last long here, and tilapia may not.
I don't particularly want more bass, I want bigger bass.

You might try adding a few crappie to the mix. They'll feed on the minnows and the bass will feed on them. They too multiple really fast so can over populate a tank quickly.

Would have been my suggestion as well. Second suggestion, and probably the best for increasing size, is to keep a healthy population by catching them out. Bass as well as crappie will quickly overstock, especially in a smaller size pond, therefore decreasing average size. A marine biologist friend of mine said, that when fishing in a farm pond, to never throw any back. (Common sense approach. If you’re fishing every day this wouldn’t apply. Also you would probably want to put the female bass back if you were fishing during the bedding season, which is February here most years) Also, if you wanted to spend the money (used to be $300 here) you could have someone come out and electro shock your pond and take an inventory. Won’t hurt scaled fish but will kill any catfish.


I'm pretty much positive that's incorrect jj.. :cboy: .. electroshock doesn't hurt catfish anymore than other fish.
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