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Pond King Honey Hole Fish Attractor Log

Pond King’s Honey Hole 4’ Log Fish Attractors are lightweight and extremely versatile. Easy to install and assembles in just minutes without glue, this artificial fish habitat provides an escape area for smaller fish when placed in water 3-4′ deep. You can also combine units together to create “tree” structures that are perfect to attract larger fish in water 6′-10′ deep.

The Pond Guy® Game Fish Grower Fish Food

The Pond Guy® Game Fish Grower Fish Food is an extremely nutritious and highly digestible, balanced fish food. The Pond Guy® Game Fish Grower contains 40% protein for fast fish growth while providing balanced nutrition to increase resistance to common diseases. This medium-sized pellet is great of all game fish and comes in a 17 lb resalable bucket for easy storage.

Fish Stocking

Adding game fish to your pond adds another way to enjoy to your pond. Here are the species typically found in Southeast Michigan ponds.

Hybrid Bluegill

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The hybrid bluegill, a cross between a green sunfish and a bluegill, is a fish that is stronger and grows faster than the regular bluegill. As a result of hybridization, 90% of the fish are males, reducing the chance of an overpopulation problem. This fish has the habits of the normal bluegill, but is more aggressive and more readily accepts commercial fish food.

The hybrid bluegill can be distinguished from regular bluegill by a yellow margin along the pelvic and anal fins. It also has a larger mouth than a bluegill sunfish. The spawning habits of the hybrid bluegill are similar to that of the regular bluegill, but the number of fry produced is not as high. Therefore, it is recommended that the hybrid bluegill be stocked at a 1:2 ratio along with regular bluegill to maintain a sufficient forage base. One-year-old fish range in size from 3 to 8 inches or more. They become sexually mature at 4 to 5 inches.

Perch

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The yellow perch should be stocked in lakes where the water temperatures remain below 80°F year-round. Yellow perch feed on zooplankton, insects, snails, and other small fish. It is considered prey rather than a predator. Although it does not achieve a large enough size to be considered a prize gamefish, the yellow perch is most sought after for its excellent tablefare.

One-year-old fish range in size from 1-1/2 inches to 4 inches, and will become sexually mature at 5 to 7 inches. The yellow perch makes an excellent forage fish for cool-water predators such as walleye, smallmouth bass, and northern pike.

Large Mouth Bass

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The largemouth bass is considered to be one of the most prized gamefish in North America. It will readily take many types of live and artificial baits. Although there are many species of bass, the largemouth bass is best suited for the temperate waters of the Midwest. Bass are usually found around structures such as brush piles and weed beds. It has a widely varied diet that emphasizes on bluegill, minnows and other small fish. Its predatory nature helps to keep bluegill from overpopulating.

The largemouth bass is similar to the spotted bass and small-mouth bass. It can be distinguished by the deep curvature of its dorsal fin. Bass spawn in depths of 2 to 4 feet of water at temperatures near 62°F. One-year-old fish range in size from 3 to 7 inches. Bass become sexually mature at 10 to 12 inches and may weigh 7 ounces to 1 pound.

Fathead Minnow

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The fathead minnow is found throughout the Midwest. Its small size and abundant reproduction makes it an excellent forage fish. The fathead minnow will spawn throughout spring and early summer. Reproduction can be aided with the use of sunken ever-green trees or stacked pallets. The rapid rate of reproduction of this species makes it an excellent choice for stocking where predatory fish are present. One-year-old fish range in size from 0.5 inch to 3 inches. They become sexually mature at 1 to 3 inches and seldom exceed 3 inches.

Channel Catfish

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The channel catfish is most commonly found around the bottom of a lake or pond. It is a scavenger and will eat just about anything it can find. It will eat live fish, although it is not considered to be a predator. It generally has little effect on the predator/prey roles except where exceptionally large fish are found. It will take to commercial fish food and has tremendous growth potential.

The channel catfish is growing in popularity among sport fishermen due to its large size, hard fighting ability, and its tasty flesh. The channel catfish can be distinguished from other catfish by the presence of dark spots on its body and a deeply forked tail. Channel catfish do not generally reproduce in ponds due to the absence of an adequate spawning structure. A suitable structure can be added by placing buckets or drain tile in depths of 3 to 4 feet of water along the pond bottom. One-year-old fish may range in size from 3 to 8 inches. Channel catfish usually become sexually mature when they reach at least 11 inches.