As any recreational pond owner will tell you, there is nothing better than having a small pond of your very own. A small pond can provide you with an exciting pastime for both you and your family, as well as friends. It’s also a great way for kids to learn about the environment, different species of fish and eventually get into recreational fishing themselves. With the advent of automatic fish feeders and cheaper fish feed, bass pond management has never been easier. You can literally stock your small pond with bass and other varieties of fish, then sit back, relax and let nature take its course. But before you can put your fishing hat on, let’s take a closer look at how to grow big bass in a small pond.
Bass Fishing Ponds
Bass fishing ponds generally need to be larger than those for other species such as Koi Fish. This will also allow the fish to grow to a bigger size and provide the other species of fish an environment in which to thrive, eventually leading to a self-sustaining ecosystem. Your pond should measure around 10 feet deep with a minimum surface area of around half an acre.
Bass Pond Management
If you want to grow big bass in a small pond, you’ll more than likely have to provide your fish with supplemental feeding. The best way to do this is by installing a small pond fish feeder on a dock or bank. Sweeney’s fish feeders are very simple to use and require little to no work from you – just stock the feeder with pellets, set the number of feedings per day and you’ll have a few months of worry-free regular feeding sessions for your bass fishing pond.
How Many Bass in a 1 Acre Pond?
A one acre pond can support 50 to 100 bass, unless you are using an automatic fish feeder for supplemental feeding. But also consider this: bass are usually the apex predator in their natural habitat. They will naturally feed on smaller fish such as minnows and perch. This is why you should always strive to have a balanced bass pond that is stocked with prey fish, and not just bass.
If you have any questions regarding fish feeders for bass pond management or on how to grow big bass in a small pond, feel free to contact us anytime!