Does anyone have any experience with large natural ponds/small lakes and keeping/stocking native fish species?
I wouldn't add more bass in there. When you see too many small ones, then it generally means there are too many competeing for food. This is exacerbated when there are no to few natural predators, as well as a catch and release mindset by many fisherman. The best way is to cull the little ones (within regs), but doubt it will help if it's just one person doing it.AngelTheGypsy said:Tilapia are a natural food source for bass, as are shad and bluegill (the other fish he was talking about and I forgot). The water level is steady year round, I believe it is fed by an underground spring. There's nowhere to swim away. He's talking about doing this because all the fish he keeps catching in there are all the size to suggest they don't have a steady food source. If there are other little fish in there they are steadily kept in control by the bass. He also plans to stick more bass as well. But the food source first.