Good fishing can be enjoyed for years if you follow a sound pond management program. You can grow your own food fish! Building the pond properly, stocking the correct species at recommended rates, having a good fertilization program, additional aeration and food if necessary, and controlling weeds are steps in the right direction. Continued good fishing depends on harvesting the correct number and kind of fish each year.
We offer some water management services (depending on time of year) including water testing, water clarity treatments, weed and scum control, fertilizing, & stocking.
For bass and bream ponds, begin fishing your pond two years after the initial stocking of bream. Most of the fish harvested from the pond should be bluegill and redear sunfish. Bream reproduce throughout the summer and are the most numerous fish in the pond. A general recommendation is to harvest a minimum of 10 pounds of bream for every pound of bass. It is extremely important to keep the bream harvest in line with the bass harvest. Most ponds are under fished for bream and can stand a much greater bream harvest. This should insure an adequate number of bass for reproduction as well as control of the bream. Removing too many bass is perhaps the most common problem in farm pond management. When this occurs and bass can no longer control the bream, the bream become overcrowded and stunted, while bass reproduction is reduced or stopped completely. To insure that this does not occur in the pond, keep a record of fish harvested and ask others who fish the pond to tell you the number and size (length and weight) of bass and bream they remove from the pond.
If the pond was also stocked with channel catfish, spread the fishing for them over a period of 3-4 years. Channel catfish may reproduce, but offspring usually do not survive because of bass predation. Restock with channel catfish when most of the originally stocked catfish have been removed.
If you think your pond has any of these problems, please contact us.
Ponds with a large amount of fish stocked have a high investment. It may be a good investment to purchase an aerator or two as South Carolina has hot summers and the oxygen depletion may occur in ponds. When the natural oxygen cycle becomes depleted, the environment consumes more than whats being produced. This causes South Carolina "fish kills" that occur from the months of June to October. Click here for more on our Aerators & feeders "Fish Kills" are natural and can occur in the ocean, great lakes, and your pond.
Most of the water in South Carolina is very soft (devoid of mineral) and acidic which tends to be very unproductive. Liming will help stabilize the pH and increase the alkalinity (mineral) and hardness of the water there by creating a more beneficial environment for your fish. With liming you will have faster growth and a larger, healthier fish population.
By liming, you can get greater utilization of the fertilizer applied. Liming at the Rate of 3 tons of agriculture lime per acre is typically needed. Liquid lime may also be used, 2-3 jugs (7.5 gallons) per acre. With either agricultural or liquid lime, they should be spread evenly over the surface of the pond. If water flows are excessive, liming may not be justified.
Liming from a field spreader truck is the quickest, easiest, least expensive method. You will need to use a total hydraulic truck that will operate from a stationary position. Back the truck to several points on the pond if possible and apply lime, any lime that falls on the bank or shore will eventually go into the pond. Depending on the flow through the pond, this typically will need to be done every 3 years for best management.
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Directions for General Application
Apply at the rate of 4 pounds per surface acre. Begin application in early March at two week intervals. After 6 applications, reduce rate to once every 4 weeks. Continue applications until the end of October.
Fertilization should stop when a 6 inch white object is no longer visible under 20 inches of water. This indicates a
sufficient bloom of algae in the water.
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Bream – Bluegill & Shellcracker
These species of fish are stocked at 1000/per acre from October - April. These fish may reach harvest size in 12 months depending on the amount of food provided. Bream can reach 1 lb. in 24 months under good conditions. These bream reproduce in great quantities and with good management ponds can last for many years before restocking is needed.
This species of fish is stocked at 200+/acre. Channel cats are the only type of catfish to put in your pond. This fish grows very fast and can be harvested after 12 months at 1-2 pounds. It is best to stock more catfish each year since they are not effective at reproducing with out help. In a commercial catfish farm, one would stock 5000 – 7000 catfish per acre so the 200/acre is light.
This species of fish is stocked at 120 +/acre or 100+/per 1000 bream. It is best to stock bass in late spring and summer after you have stocked your bream. Bass on average will gain a pound per year but can grow more than 2 pounds per year. Unless specially trained, bass will not eat feed. They only eat live animals and also act as a population control on bream helping to produce a crop of large healthy bream. The bream then produce more forage for the bass
Sterile White Amur Grass Carp
This species controls most aquatic weeds, they are a grazing animal that will consume the problem weeds in your pond. This fish is sterile and will not reproduce. Carp will not eat other fish or fish eggs, they will eat some fish feed but will not stop eating weeds. These fish live about 10 years. You need to stock an average of 20 per acre. In excessive weedy ponds we recommend stocking 30-40 per acre. In a new pond you can stock 10 per acre as a preventative to keep weeds under control from the start. This fish is not the same as a wild carp in our rivers, etc. These carp have proven to be more cost effective at controling weeds but they are also envoronmentally friendly and allow you to minimally use herbicides if you need to even use them at all.
Hybrid Bluegill Bream
This species is a cross between a coppernose bream and a green sunfish. The Hybrid grows rapidly and is a fighter and a good eating fish. It is recommended that your pond be drained and restocked every 3-4 years because this fish will bread back to produce the coppernose and green sunfish. We recommend stocking 3000 per acre. The hybrids can be about a pound in size within two years with proper feed and management. This fish is not sterile.
We recommend feeding your fish at least once a day, twice would be even better if possible. Start feeding ½ quart to 1 quart of feed at each feeding, then feed what ever they will clean up in 30 minutes. We recommend feeding a BB size floating pellet from a quality feed producer. You will need to increase feeding to 1-2 gallons per day in a sport fishing pond. This will support a lot of fish along with the natural food in your pond. The automatic feeder will get the feeding done daily no matter what the weather is. This also helps the pond owner who does not have time to feed daily or lives to far from the pond. The daily feeding will grow your fish larger and have them ready to catch.