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How to stock Hybrids Bluegill in small pond!

The Hybrid Bluegill is a great fish species for stocking in small ponds. The high stocking rate, fast growing, easy to catch and they accept man made feed very easily makes the Hybrid Bluegill a great fish ( Bluegill ) for small ponds.
Misuse, misunderstanding and hear say has given the hybrid bluegill a bad name. The hybrid bluegill has been given a bad name because of its reproduction back to a green sunfish and its misuse. IN FACT, this fish performs magnificently in small ponds its don’t over populate like the common bluegill and its reproduction back to the green sunfish can be control by add bass. Hybrid Bluegill has a large mouth and trains readily to commercial fish feed. Hybrid bluegill do grow at phenomenal rates on commercial feed. They will hit artificial bait as well as crickets, worms, etc. and very essay to catch.  The only draw back to this fish is that they should be stock in small ponds with no other bluegill. Bass has to be added  to stop the reproduction and a good feeding program has to be in place. The Bass should not be fished. They should be left in to stop the hybrid reproduction.
Ask any fish biologist and they will say if you stock the hybrid bluegill in a small pond with bass and no other bluegill and add a good feeding program it’s the best fish around.
In fact the hybrid bluegill is only one of two fish species that can be stocked successfully in a small pond  (less than one acre). If you like big bluegill to catch and to eat and have a small pond the Hybrid Bluegill is the fish to stock. Small ponds (less than one acre) are limited to what fish species you can stock with fish. In the southern U.S., catfish and Hybrid Bluegill will do well in small ponds.
A Few rules you must follow for stocking Hybrid Bluegill

Rule 1
Do not stock hybrids in ponds containing other fish, and never stock them in combination with other bream species.
Do not stock hybrids in ponds over an acre. Ponds over an acre best used as a Bass and Bluegill pond.
A good feeding program must be implemented because of the high stocking rate  (a pond can not supply enough food for the hybrid due to its high stocking rate).

Rule 4
Bass has got to be added to keep the reproduction for surviving. Bass should not be fished and should be left in.

Ratio of Bass to Hybrids Bluegill
A ratio of 15 hybrids to 1 bass is desirable. Therefore, stocking rates of 1,500 hybrids per acre and 100 bass per acre work very well. Bass has to be added to control the reproduction back to the green sunfish. Bass are left in and not fished. I take out bass at 15 inches and over. Bass should be small and hungry to keep the pond clean of any reproduction that will occur.

Better growth
Better growth and feed conversion can be obtained with a 36 percent protein feed although it costs a little more and is not always as available. Most feed stores can special order this feed.  Be wary of cheap fish feed. It can cost more in the long run with poor fish weight gain. 36 percent protein feed should average of 2 lb. of feed for one lb. of fish gain (growth). A handy guide is to feed all the feed the fish will consume in a period of 15 to 20 minutes and adjust the amount as the fish grow. I use a fish feeder to feed my own hybrid Bluegill pond and adjust the amount of feed as needed.

You must restock with hybrids as you take fish out to sustain a hybrid Bluegill pond. Pond owners should keep records of the number of hybrids removed and plan to restock the same number aver year. Bass must be keep small to restock. You will need to restock with Hybrid Bluegill 3-4 inches or larger in size.

Hybrid Bluegill is not for everyone!
Hybrids are not suited to all farm pond situations, and stocking of these fish into waters where their desirable characteristics cannot be developed will almost always result in a disappointed pond owner.
  • Hybrid Bluegill can not be stock in pond with other Bluegill or in ponds where other bluegill can get into the pond with the Hybrids. If you have a pond near by that will run into the hybrid pond, don’t stock the Hybrid Bluegill.
  •  If you don’t want to feed the fish, don’t stock the Hybrid. The Hybrid Bluegills high-stocking rate requires a good feeding program.
  • You want a bass pond. Bass is added to keep the Hybrid Bluegill reproduction from surviving. Bass should be left in and not fish or taken out.
  • An existing pond that has not been killed out with rotonone. Any pond stocked with Hybrid Bluegill must be free of any other bluegill.
  • Don’t stock Hybrid in pond over an acre. Ponds over an acre are best utilized as a Bass - Bluegill pond.
Studies show about the Hybrid……
Studies show they are easier to catch than common Bluegill and other species of fish, and they do not become hook-shy.

Research shows that the growth rate of the hybrids Bluegill can be nearly doubled by supplemental feeding with a good catfish pellet feed.

Studies show hybrids Bluegill are not sterile.

Studies show hybrids Bluegill are best suited for small pond where their reproduction can be control.

Studies have shown hybrids taste the same as other Bluegill.

Investigate all stocking options

The wise farm pond owner will investigate all stocking options before making the decision about what kind of fish combination to stock. The failure of many ponds stocked with hybrid Bluegill is not due to the fish, but not knowing how to stock the fish and not using the fish in its best use.

Ponds and lakes are our most valuable aquatic resources. It can help with fire protection and attract numerous species of wildlife. However, one of most enjoyable functions is that of providing many hours of fishing experience for the whole family and friends.

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