My 2.5 acre pond is predator-heavy. I added 200 4 to 6 in bluegill last spring, several pounds of fathead minnows, added some "sputnik" structure and have been eradicating the flathead cats. I regular catch bass in the 14 -17 in size range, but they are kind of skinny.
I don't want to eliminate the bass but I'm fearful they have insufficient forage. Although I haven't caught a lot of bluegill there are 12 to 18 beautiful specimans nesting near the shore where I had spread pea gravel.
Now for my question. I see a lot of bass pressure near the beds and frequent splashes caused by the fight for survival. Should I fence off the bed area with snow fence or something similar. I know it would help, but I'm not sure how critical it is. Since our house is next to the pond, my wife has objected to the look of fencing sticking up in the pond.