My Dad wants to have a trophy bluegill pond. And I WANT him to have a trophy bluegill pond. Last year the pond experienced some moderate water quality problems and I was forced to evacuate most of the fish. There are now trophy bluegill living in my pond that came from my Dad's pond. I also had to evacuate several master-angler sized yellow perch. My goals for management of his pond this year are as follows:
1. High quality aeration system--designed and purchased from Ted Lea at ForeverGreen. It is a vertex system and very powerful. It will turn over the water 35 times daily.
2. Barley straw. I'm going to only give minimal information on this at this time because it will be part of an experiment which will hopefully find the light of day in a Pond Boss article.
3. Aeration of incoming water by flowthrough of a smaller micro-pond just above my Dad's pond. This new pond will be called Bruce Kania pond, in honor of the floating islands that will be in place for the bluegill's protective cover.
4. Stocking of all Condello strain bluegill, which will be part of a reproducing populaition.
5. Hopefully stocking of some adult smallmouth bass, that will hopefully feed train, and utilize YOY bluegills.
Many more details later.