Folks watch fish eat floating food pellets and assume all species respond to supplemental feed. Many popular varieties like bluegill, hybrid sunfish, catfish, green sunfish, trout, and even tilapia rise to the tasty morsels, but highly prized largemouth bass typically do not. They’re efficient live baitfish predators that lack the genetic code to connect the dots—until now.
Since bass must consume eight to 10 pounds of forage to gain just one pound, ponds smaller than one-acre have a very difficult time producing enough food to satisfy their ferocious appetites. Thanks to innovative pond management science, even small pond bassmasters can enjoy the prized sportfish in their backyard.
At some hatcheries, largemouth are “trained” to eat tiny food pellets when they are tiny fingerlings. As they grow, pellet sizes are increased. When stocked around 1.25 pounds, the feisty fish are consuming high protein chunks the size of large marbles. Seven to ten of these specialized pellets have the equivalent nutritional value of eating a twelve-inch rainbow trout.
If you like top water fishing, imagine the fun watching these torpedoes devour a floating pellet. You’ll leave work early to be home when the feeder spins. Call for more details on this exciting angling experience.