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#12501708 - 11/12/17 09:35 PM Pelicans and bass
RickD78 Offline

Registered: 10/17/16
Posts: 51
Loc: Duncanville, TX.
I have been fishing a piece of private property for about a year and half. The owner told us about a month ago there was a large flock (100-200) of pelicans that had been hanging around. A typical day of fishing there between three tanks, we would usually catch 20+ fish each. Since then, we have caught 0-4 each. All three tanks on the property have a large amount of coon tail moss, and One has a very healthy population of lily pads. Has anyone experienced a similar pelican invasion? Can they eat larger fish (3-6 lbs)? Any other ideas what may be going on?

#12502022 - 11/13/17 09:35 AM Re: Pelicans and bass [Re: RickD78]
Meadowlark Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/04/04
Posts: 3048
Loc: East Texas
From my understanding, 3 pounds would be the upper limit and more likely would be smaller than that.

Curious as to how far from the coast this is happening?

#12502072 - 11/13/17 10:15 AM Re: Pelicans and bass [Re: RickD78]
RickD78 Offline

Registered: 10/17/16
Posts: 51
Loc: Duncanville, TX.
Kemp TX

#12502360 - 11/13/17 01:53 PM Re: Pelicans and bass [Re: RickD78]
salex Offline
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Registered: 03/24/09
Posts: 875
Loc: NE Texas
Pelicans are terrible for private lakes and ponds. They can and do eat lots of fish. But, eating 3lb+ bass would be unlikely. Eating small bass and bluegill are far more likely. The biggest issue is that they eat the forage that feed the bass.

Edited by salex (11/15/17 10:28 AM)
Steve Alexander


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