By Bob Lusk
In past years, feeding fish was a past-time. Folks were entertained by the novelty of finny critters chasing floating food pellets on the surface. They had not been informed about the benefits. What a difference a few years and fisheries science has made for today’s off-the-chart results for feeding fish.
High protein formulas fed regularly in automatic fish feeders grow bluegill so big you can’t grip them with your hand. You must lip them like a bass. Before fish food, bass, bluegill and other sport fish relied on natural forage. Small ponds just couldn’t produce necessary volumes of baitfish to meet nutritional requirements for normal growth. Bass would stunt. Not anymore.
Feeding fish not only accelerates fish growth and family fun, it greatly improves fish health. Bigger, healthier bluegill produce more eggs. Greater reproduction builds the food chain for sport fish like bass. Remember, a largemouth bass MUST consume approximately 10-pounds of baitfish to grow one, single pound. If your goal is growing trophy bass, it takes hundreds of pounds of bluegill.
Knowing When To Feed
Fish will tell you
how much to feed. The amount of food you dispense is contingent on the fish
population. Only offer as much as they can consume in 10 to 15 minutes. If your
goal is growing saucer-size bluegill feed at 8 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. Cut
back to morning and evening times during hot, summer months. About October 1,
resume three offerings until early December. At spring start-up, set the fish
feeder timer at three seconds. Gradually increase feed times to five-seconds as
water warms and fish become more active. The primary rule, ensure there are no
leftover food pellets on the surface after fish get full and stop eating. If
you see uneaten pellets, reduce the time slightly until you find the perfect
bluegill and trophy bass requires an effective feeding strategy. Utilizing a
reliable fish feeder to accurately dispense fish feed is the foundation of a
successful feeding program. Texas Hunter fish feeders
are available in a variety of sizes and will feed your fish automatically 1 to
9 times per day. Learn more at Texas
Don’t miss another
day of valuable benefits from a fish feeding program. What’s your preference,
big bluegill, bass, or hybrid striper?
About The Author
Bob Lusk is in his fourth decade helping people design, build, stock and manage
private fishing ponds and lakes as a consultant. Bob is also editor of the
nation’s leading pond management publication, Pond Boss Magazine celebrating 25
You can subscribe to
Pond Boss at www.PondBoss.com and reach Bob
through that website, or his business website at www.BobLuskOutdoors.com. Bob’s staff is
available to assist pond owners, too. Office number is (903) 564-5372.
This article originally appears at Texas Trophy Hunters