What to Feed Your Fish
Your bass, bluegill and other game fish nibble on nature's all-natural bounty of algae, weeds, insects, leeches and worms. However, they also need supplemental nourishment, particularly if you're growing them for sport.
What to Feed
Keeping you pond stocked with a good ratio of prey to predator fish and even adding minnows from time to time will keep a natural balance to the pond. For tips on how the properly stock your fish, please read: Tips for Stocking. Creating habitat in the pond will allow places for the smaller prey fish and minnows to reproduce and naturally keep up the food supply.
If fishing is important and you want quick growth, The Pond Guy® Game Fish Grower has high amounts of protein and vitamins. It will encourage fast growth and provide balanced nutrition to increase resistance to common diseases.
Always look for high quality foods as they contain better ingredients. Lower quality foods will be harder to digest and will pass through the fish, adding unnecessary nutrients to the water which can cause water clarity issues. Look for fish food with at least 40‰ protein for fast growth and vitamins to keep them healthy. Using EcoBoost™ in your pond every 2-4 weeks will not only help with water clarity, it adds over 80 trace minerals to promote fish health and fast growth.
Got small fish or growing fry? Crush a few of the pellets into tiny bite-sized pieces for them to enjoy.
How Much to Feed
Size of the pond, number of fish and the presence of an aeration system are all factors that determine how much your fish need to be fed. Aeration in the pond will allow your fish to be more active, requiring you to feed more aggressively. Start out feeding one-half to one pound of pellets per surface acre of water, or however much the fish will eat in 5 to 10 minutes.
When to Feed
Water temperature will have an effect on how much your fish will eat. As the water temperatures start dropping in the fall, the fish will eat less and will eventually stop feeding until spring when the water warms up. Only feed your game fish when water temperatures is above 50°F (10°C). When temperatures get colder, fish are almost in a state of hibernation and will live off their stored body fat until spring. Once water temperatures are above 50°F, start your feedings again.
Along with the commercial food and foodstuffs found in the pond itself, you can also offer your fish human treats like torn-up chunks of stale bread or chopped up fruits and vegetables. They will add much-welcome variety to their diets – and help you clean out your refrigerator!