It would be a dull world indeed if everyone had the same tastes. Trophy largemouth bass fishing seems to be the rage right now, but some of us just enjoy catching and eating larger bluegill. This section will deal with starting, managing, and maintaining a quality bluegill fishery in a farm pond.
First, start with a pond devoid of fish – one that is newly constructed or has been renovated with rotenone. Stock as for a balanced bass-bluegill pond.
Bluegill and channel catfish may be harvested starting the first fall season. Largemouth bass should not be harvested for three years. At that time, a minimum length limit of 12 or 14 inches should be placed on the bass population.
Feeding bluegill and channel catfish should be started the spring following stocking. Use a floating fish feed placed in a floating ring so you can easily observe the fish feeding. Fish can be fed daily in the warmer months when water temperatures exceed 65°F.