I was wondering if snipping a gill on a small bass works to feed bigger bass. I just started helping a friend manage her 10 acre tank, and we need to take out between 200-250 lbs of bass. I would hate for her to come to her tank and find dead bass floating everywhere when I could have moved them to different tanks.
Also, when you catch a 2 pound bass with the head of a 4 pound bass is it a candidate for removal, or should it be left?
Yes, snipping a gill on bass 9" and smaller might be a great idea. I think bass much bigger than 10" would be very difficult for any other very large bass to eat. So, I would harvest bass bigger than 9".
Yes, remove 2 lb bass with a body of a 4 lb bass.
Unsolicited opinion. Removing 25 lbs of bass per acre on a severely stunted lake is likely not enough. When we sign up a new lake, we often remove 40lbs to 50lbs per acre . After 2 years of aggressive harvest we see weights really increase. Of course, catch rates plummet. But, it is all part of the management game. Water fertility plays ah huge part in harvest numbers. Understanding if your lake is "blooming" with zooplankton or phytoplankton is critical to the volume of harvest.