How to Make Your Bass Pond Produce Big Fish

How to Make Your Bass Pond Produce Big Fish
Raising bass in a pond is typically done for personal use. Many people enjoy bass fishing and raise bass for a private source of fishing enjoyment. As much fun as it is to tie into a largemouth bass, there is work that must go into producing these big fish. However, with some basic information and the willingness to make it work, you can maintain a pond environment that is conducive to producing large bass.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Water test kit Brush, limbs or man-made structures Bait fish, including small panfish and minnows Aquatic plants Crawfish or frogs
  • Water test kit
  • Brush, limbs or man-made structures
  • Bait fish, including small panfish and minnows
  • Aquatic plants
  • Crawfish or frogs
Step 1
Evaluate the condition of the pond. Survey it to see if the basics are in place. There should be aquatic plants along the bank such as lily pads and cattails. There should also be structures in the water including limbs and brush. Aquatic plants help with the oxygen content of the water, provide cover and attract insects, which bass feed upon. Aquatic plants may be purchased at specialty landscaping stores featuring water gardening plants and accessories or from a local agricultural extension agency.
Step 2
Use a water test kit to evaluate the condition of the water. Testing the water will provide insight into the PH condition of the water. It may be necessary to add lime, for example, to help balance the PH factor of the water in some instances. Water sample kits are typically available from local agriculture extension offices. Water samples may be evaluated on-site or sent to laboratories for more detailed analysis.
Step 3
Place structures such as large limbs, brush and old Christmas trees in the pond for cover. There are also structures made from sections of PVC pipe that can be purchased from retailers such as Bass Pro Shops.
Step 4
Provide smallpan fish and minnows throughout the year for the bass to eat. This is the primary food for bass and must be present for proper and consistent growth.
Step 5
Catch, weigh and measure bass at least once per year. Collect a sample of bass from the pond to evaluate size. To help increase the size of underweight bass, try providing additional panfish but use larger fish. Also, place crawfish and frogs in and around the pond to help with weight gain in the bass. These are delicacies to largemouth bass and greatly help them gain weight.

Tips & Warnings

 
A pond will typically support 35 pounds or so of bass per acre of water. Keep this in mind when evaluating the size and condition of fish during sampling.
 
Aquatic plants are extremely important to the life of a pond. Plants help introduce oxygen. During hot months, ponds may experience oxygen depletion, which can lead to a fish kill. Plant life helps avoid this.
 
Aquatic plants are extremely important to the life of a pond. Plants help introduce oxygen.
 
During hot months, ponds may experience oxygen depletion, which can lead to a fish kill. Plant life helps avoid this.

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Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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