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#12442992 - 09/26/17 02:42 PM Deer lease pond
Chris B Online   content
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Registered: 05/02/03
Posts: 7987
Loc: Prosper, TX
We have a 10 acre pond that's about 15' deep at the dam. Water stays fairly clear and has a good amount of grass and shoreline cover in it. It only has bass, bream and minnows. The water has been full for the last few years and the bass got real healthy looking in the last year. It seems like it has hit a wall where the largest bass tend to be about 4 pounds and i'm starting to see some skinny fish again. There appears to be plenty of bait and I have been doing my best to take some small fish out. I've probably taken out 100 in the last year. We have a new owner that may be a little more receptive to making improvements to the pond. Wondering what else we could be doing?
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#12443199 - 09/26/17 05:13 PM Re: Deer lease pond [Re: Chris B]
Dave Davidson Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/13/05
Posts: 598
Loc: Hurst and Bowie, Texas
Take a good look at the forage base; bluegills. A predator needs prey that is 1/4 to 1/3 it's size. It's a matter of calories obtained vs calories(energy) burned to get the groceries. Also, a predator needs to eat 10 pounds of prey to gain one pound. There are other considerations but these are a couple of the basics.

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#12444080 - 09/27/17 12:04 PM Re: Deer lease pond [Re: Chris B]
salex Offline
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Registered: 03/24/09
Posts: 916
Loc: NE Texas
If the bass are getting thin, you likely have a forage issue. 90% of lakes we survey the owner thinks they have "lots" of forage (bluegill/redear/shinners/shad/minnows). And in virtually all cases they do not have enough. The amount of food a bass eats is astonishing. Removing 100 small bass (1/2 to 1 lb) from a 10 acre pond is likely 1/4 to 1/3 of what you need to remove. Try getting more aggressive with your harvest and see if the weights come up. Moreover, try a measure and weigh a few fish and compare to a relative weight chart. Again, my experience is that most landowners think their fish are "healthy" (meaning their weight is where it should be. But most over estimate their weight by 5% to 15%. Anything over 95% is good. Anything below 85% is poor. 85% to 95% your doing OK.

If your not familar with how to use a relative weight chart here is a chart and brief article.

Relative Weight Chart
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#12447080 - 09/29/17 03:38 PM Re: Deer lease pond [Re: Chris B]
butch sanders Offline
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Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 26763
Loc: Arlington, Texas
we always take a pound of minnows & dump them in ours

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#12447132 - 09/29/17 04:33 PM Re: Deer lease pond [Re: Chris B]
WackyRigger Offline
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Registered: 09/25/17
Posts: 56
Loc: 75126
Where is it and can I fish there? roflmao
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#12478312 - 10/25/17 10:30 AM Re: Deer lease pond [Re: Chris B]
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Registered: 02/14/11
Posts: 1195
Loc: Allen, Texas 75002
If you need help harvesting fish, let me know. I have a kayak so I could help get to the fish and harvest anything under 14 inches.
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#12478821 - 10/25/17 06:04 PM Re: Deer lease pond [Re: WackyRigger]
Nekro Offline
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Registered: 09/05/16
Posts: 309
Loc: Round Rock, TX
Originally Posted By: WackyRigger
Where is it and can I fish there? roflmao


me too
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#12484627 - 10/30/17 02:13 PM Re: Deer lease pond [Re: Chris B]
texasAUtiger Offline
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Registered: 04/13/16
Posts: 306
Loc: Waco, TX
Me three. ;-)

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