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How do I manage the Bass in my small pond?

  • August 10, 2022

Many pond enthusiasts love to have fish in their ponds. However, some may question whether keeping fish in small ponds is possible. In this case, we’ll be talking specifically about bass. The fact is that you can have bass fish in a small pond. You can’t have too many. This will depend on the size of your pond. One example can include a pond that measures about half an acre, which would probably only fit 25 pounds of largemouth bass. If you want more bass, you will need to use a feeder to keep a steady flow of fish food.

Keeping Your Bass Happy

Bass are relatively easy to keep in a pond. When it comes to a small pond, having proper oxygen levels is one of the first things you want in your pond. Aeration is key to keeping your fish alive and thriving in their natural habitat. A small pond with many bass will need plenty of oxygen to supplement their well-being. Another thing to remember is that bass like to hide among plant life and other coverings to capture their prey. Although this can be a challenge to include in a small pond, consider adding logs, plant life, large rocks, and other natural coverings.

Bass and Good Quality

One of the best things you can do to keep good quality bass is to watch them regularly. How are they looking? Are they small, or are they growing? If you notice some of your bass looking small, you can change the population in your pond. If your pond is packed with too many bass, they will not grow properly. They need the space to swim and forage for their food. You can also include larger or adult-size bluegill for your bass. Remember to weigh and measure your bass whenever you notice slow growth rates.

Proper Feeding is Important

Forage fish is your primary focus if you want bass in your small pond. However, you can also add supplemental pellet food to increase their protein intake. This can ensure healthy growth rates among your bass. Smaller bass will get more out of these pellets and a combination of forage fish as they start to grow. The easiest way to add pellet food to your pond is to have a fish feeder. The 175lb Texas Hunter Fish Feeder is an excellent option because it allows you to put feeding on autopilot. Simply fill up the feeder, which can be ordered with either straight or adjustable legs for ease of installation, and your fish will be happy! Once your bass are bigger, you can include larger bluegill and shad in their diet.

At Outdoor Water Solutions, we offer a variety of pond aerators & solar pond aerators providing you with the options needed to pick the perfect pond aerator for your pond. We always enjoy working with clients on ways to improve the quality of their ponds’ health so, if you have any questions or would like more information on our solar pond aerators, contact us at 866.471.1614 today!

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