Posted on Monday Apr 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM
Balanced biomass - it works for all lakes or ponds - when you have TOO MANY marbles of one kind in a jar, you have no room for other marbles, crappie will take over most small watersheds, and the result is too much competition for food, you have to REMOVE some of that biomass, then, either by angling or predators to control the overabundance.
LM bass are not efficient predators of crappie, and crappie can result in stunting of bass due to competition for forage, you could introduce larger bass by adding 5-10# bass in small numbers , that would help SOME - you could introduce hybrid striper in small numbers that would also help control,
In pond space more is NOT better, its better to limit species or control them -- usually once a pond is stable and old, unless it is in very fertile, you see some species become dominant - and a lot of times the SOIL the pond is impounded on has a lot to do with production.
What you strive for in all water bodies is a balanced eco-system, with large individuals down to small forage, with each succeeding generation stepping up to take the place of those fish removed or dying of old age --
Unless a pond is over ten acres , I would not stock flathead catfish
What you CAN do to improve a pond is to plant willows, cypress, and habitat improvement, shallow side cut channels dug off the main pond will improve fertility. Additionally you can supplement feed fish with automatic feeders set up around a pond, this will help bluegill and minnows recruitment.
Those who would give up constitutional freedoms to elected officials in exchange for a false sense of security, deserve neither freedom or security.