Getting ready to stock a 1 acre pond. Wanted to get some ideas from people who have possibly done this before and their experiences…
Wanting to stock Bass… wondered how many I should stock?
Water is typical East Texas relatively clear tea stained water… Half of the lake is between 8 and 18 foot deep… The other half is less than 10 foot mostly 5–7 foot…
I have access to unlimited live shad on a daily basis
Water Chemistry? Get that right, first.
Shoreline habitat and watershed? Be sure to have the right types of emergent vegetation for habitat and erosion control. Some trees are good for shade, others suck water out of the pond too quickly, I like bald cypress and the knees it makes, some don't. Might need a windbreak of some sort on one side, I like giant cane (Arundo donax
) as it don't send no shoots out in the water, maidenhead cane is native, but I think more invasive with its shoots. Egyptian papyrus (umbrella palm) also makes a real good "wall" to break the wind. Stay away from cattails.
Structure? Well, that's more for the fisherman than the fish, but something for shade and a few ambush points would be good.
Bass? Well, its an opinion and you'll get a lot of 'em 'round here, but I done A LOT of experimentin' over the last 35 or so years and learnt a thing or two....
Only stock FEMALES....an' don't make no mistakes. ONLY FEMALES. So they gotta be big enough to tell one from tuther, and you should get the best stock you can find as long as you can be certain all you get is females.
Maybe ten or twelve, female bass, no more as that will be more than enough to teach you the true meaning of "unlimited shad," if there is any work at all involved in catching and putting them in the pond.
You'll want other species as well, bluegills, redears, and other sunfishes are all good. Especially if you can get some coppernose bluegills and maybe some redbreast sunfish along with some green sunfish, warmouth and longears. But once your bass are starting to grow good, you feeding them shad will be the primary energy input.
You'll need a good diffuser based aerator and you'll want to feed some pellets to your sunfishes.
Don't let nobody talk you into more than TEN catfish, blue or channel. No carp, koi or grass carp (unless truly needed for weeds) you're collection of large female bass will want clear water.
Grow you some sea monsters in there, pets, though with names. "Nessie, Ole Ironjaw, Leadbelly, Chompbucket, an' such.
That'd be the way I'd do it, there's as many ways as there's ponds to do it with. I got folks who only wants to fish for bowfins so I done 'em a grinnel pond to beat the band.
You can cookbook your way through with one of many "Official University Methods," or go with crazy Cousin Pookie's plan to make a million growin' bullfrogs and everyting inbetween.
Good luck and good fun.