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Pelicans and bass #12501708
11/13/17 03:35 AM
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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?

Re: Pelicans and bass [Re: RickD78] #12502022
11/13/17 03:35 PM
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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?

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Re: Pelicans and bass [Re: RickD78] #12502360
11/13/17 07:53 PM
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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.

Last edited by salex; 11/15/17 04:28 PM.

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