Bluegill are widely considered to be the ideal panfish to be stocked with largemouth bass. The main reason for this is that they reproduce several times throughout the summer and provide a constant food source for the bass. They will accept a prepared diet, if you plan to feed the fish in your pond. Be careful, if you don't harvest sufficient numbers of bluegill and over-harvest largemouth bass, you run the risk of having a stunted bluegill population and that will limit the reproduction of your bass.
Fathead minnows should be stocked in new ponds prior to stocking Largemouth bass so that they have an opportunity to spawn several times. This will provide the young bass with plenty of food to get a good start and grow quickly. Fathead minnows should be stocked at a rate of 5 pounds per surface acre.
Redear Sunfish should be stocked in bluegill/bass stocking combinations as a biological control for snails. If you control the snails, you reduce the number of grubs on your fish. Redear also provide an excellent panfish for your fishery and food for your bass. Redear spawn once a year, just before the blugill.
The triploid grass carp is an excellent alternative to using chemicals for weed control in ponds and lakes. They are genetically incapable of reproducing. When proper numbers are stocked they will eliminate the need to use chemical herbicides for weed control. Stocking rates depend on the amount of weeds present and the size of the pond, so, be ready to answer questions about your pond(we can advise you about the number you need in your situation). You will need to restock your pond, dependent upon severity of the weed problem, every 4-6 years as the fish grow older.
This photo shows the difference between the two parents and the resulting Hybrid Sunfish. Note the Hybrid has a much larger mouth than the bluegill, this is the easiest way to tell the difference between these two fish.
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The largemouth bass is undoubtedly one of the most popular freshwater sportfish in the United States of America. It is a predatory fish and works well to control and prevent stunting of bluegill and crappie population. They don't naturally accept a prepared diet, however, we sell bass that have been trained to take a commercial diet like that fed to catfish and hybrid sunfish.
TRIPLOID GRASS CARP
Channel catfish are an outstanding food fish that provides superior sport on hook and line. They grow rapidly (up to a pound per year if fed a prepared diet). They are an excellent choice for ponds since they won't reproduce and overpopulate unless specific spawning requirements are met. Contrary to popular myth channel catfish do not "muddy" a pond's water.
If you have a fishing derby or special event planned we can provide catchable size Hybrid Sunfish, Channel Catfish and Rainbow Trout. We can also tag fish for event prizes, so give us a call if you have any questions, we will do our best to make it a memorable day for everyone.
OTHER SPECIES AVAILABLE
HYBRID STRIPED BASS
ATTENTION CLUBS and PARK DISTRICT LAKES
The hybrid sunfish (also referred to as hybrid bluegill) is a cross between the male bluegill and female green sunfish. The young from this cross are between 90 and 95 percent males. This reduces their ability to spawn and overpopulate a fishing pond. This is especially true when they are stocked with largemouth bass. Hybrids will take feed readily, and will grow quicker than either parent. Fish of a half pound or more are not uncommon.