Bass Fingerling Facts & Pond-Stocking Info
Posted: December 24th, 2014 by Bill Dance
This year spring was a rollercoaster ride in my region, the Mid-South. Where last year spring weather came early, this year it came later with cold temperatures lingering a lot longer and we experienced lots of rainfall. Of course, largemouth bass fingerlings like it warm. Well, maybe better put: bass fingerlings thrive in warmer temps.
In fact, largemouth bass fry growth is correlated with water temperatures. Maximum growth in largemouth bass fry occurs at temperatures of 81.5 to 86 degrees. This is why states in the South, with much longer growing seasons and these temps, have such large largemouth.
Though no one has control over the weather fisheries biologists did discover a way to aid largemouth bass fingerlings in growth during the fall when water temps are lower. They introduced threadfin shad into many reservoirs. The introduction of threadfins gave the bass something that was the proper size for them to feed on in the fall. All ages of bass grow faster following the introduction of threadfin shad, simply because of their protein value.
Some people stock threadfin shad in private bass lakes to add protein for their bass. They also know a hard freeze will wipe out all efforts. And remember threadfins are recommended for such a venture, where gizzard shad or not. All in all, it is a management plan, that you had probably better check with a professional about before trying it on your own.
Here are a few other fish facts in regards to largemouths:
As always, catch one for me!
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