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#11517208 - 04/01/16 10:01 PM Bass food
Creekflyfisher54 Offline

Registered: 03/31/16
Posts: 51
Loc: Hill country
I have been fishing a bass pond at my dove lease and have been wondering what they are doing. They have actively benn on beds in september! Besides frogs,insects,snakes and maybe turtles i have no idea what they eat. There are no sunfish or minnows ,and the bass are all stunted biggest i have caught being1.5 lbs. My big question is would they eat there fry ,and spawn multiple times?!? Would a baby bass color lure work ,has anybody experienced this?

#11517310 - 04/01/16 11:05 PM Re: Bass food [Re: Creekflyfisher54]
Fisherman13 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/13/13
Posts: 2003
Loc: Lake Lavon
Bass will eat just about anything they can fit in their mouth. Even baby ducks.
But yes they will cannibalize their young.

#11517340 - 04/01/16 11:38 PM Re: Bass food [Re: Creekflyfisher54]
moonriver Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 08/15/09
Posts: 4868
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Yup. They have big mouth.

#11517829 - 04/02/16 01:16 PM Re: Bass food [Re: Creekflyfisher54]
GoldenEye Offline

Registered: 12/14/12
Posts: 75
Loc: Weatherford, Texas, United Sta...
Bass are very predatious! I dont think there is much they wont eat. They'll eat baby ducks, snakes, small turtles, muskrats, mice, bullfrogs, birds. Pretty much anything they can get in their mouths and down their throats. And YES they will cannablize each other.

I would ask the owner to stock some type of forage in there for the bass to feed on continually. Heck, with permission first go to the creek and catch a bunch of bluegill and bullhead Catfish to stock it with. Bass love those things! I caught a 4 pound Bucketmouth last summer with an 11 inch bullhead in it's gullet.

The only time bluegill, sunfish, and bullheads will ever over run a pond and become stunted is when there aren't enough predators in the pond or lake to keep the numbers low. There has to be a healthy predator prey balance. The size of bluegill and bullheads in a pond or lake can be a good indicator of a healthy largemouth bass population. Smaller sunfish and bullheads are very vulnerable to largemouth bass predation, which decreases their abundance and increases their average size. If a pond or lake owner is a bluegill or bullhead aficionado, largemouth bass abundance can be managed to produce BIG jumbo gills and bullheads. Prey species also need enough cover to escape from being totally annihilated by the bass. That way they can recharge the food chain for the bass.

Pictured above are small channel and bullhead catfish in the gullet of largemouth bass.

#11518486 - 04/02/16 09:22 PM Re: Bass food [Re: Creekflyfisher54]
Creekflyfisher54 Offline

Registered: 03/31/16
Posts: 51
Loc: Hill country
Thanks i probably should ask to put some bluegill in it. It would be good because all the egrets and herons eat the bass. Something like gills would give them something else to eat and something for me to catch!


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