Improve Fish Quality and Size By Installing an Automatic Fish Feeder
Your fishing as well as your fish quality and quantity will be enhanced by constant timely fish feeding with an automatic fish feeder. It has been shown that daily feeding dramatically increases fish growth rates, and raises the fish carrying capacity of your pond or lake. Supplemental fish feeding is especially important in less fertile water like clear water Texas Hill Country ponds or spring fed ponds. You can consider supplemental fish feeding as a back-door way of “fertilizing” difficult to fertilize ponds and lakes.
Supplemental fish feeding requires consistency. Consistency in fish feeding is feeding your fish at the “same time and same place”. Automatic fish feeders provide this required consistency.
Smaller ponds especially benefit from automatic fish feeders because supplemental fish feed increases the fish carrying capacity that would not be naturally available in small ponds. Surprise your friends and family with trophy catfish and hybrid bluegill out of that small pond, Start Feeding Today!
Supplemental Feeding of Bass Lakes
Supplemental fish feeding programs in bass lakes target feeding the backbone of the forage base, your bluegill. Feeding your bluegill indirectly feeds your bass. When bluegill are fed a high protein diet they reproduce at higher rates, providing more forage for your bass. The protein you are feeding is being transferred indirectly to your bass by way of your bluegill forage base. An automatic feeder makes feeding your fish easy and convenient.
Supplemental Feeding of Other Fish Stocking Options, with or without Bass
Supplemental feeding with an automatic fish feeder works with other types of fish stocking scenarios. Some of these fish stocking scenarios are:
Catfish only ponds and lakes, catfish readily take to fish feed and the amount of catfish stocked is nearly directly proportional to how much you want to feed, in other words the more you feed the more catfish you can have.
Hybrid bluegill grow quickly and reach pound plus weights. Hybrid bluegill readily take fish feed and feeding helps tremendously with their growth.
Seasonal lake stocking options like Tilapia (spring to fall) or Rainbow Trout (fall to spring) can benefit from supplemental fish feeding with an automatic fish feeder because both Tilapia and Rainbow Trout take fish feed readily. Rainbow Trout can put on weight over the winter and spring when fed with an automatic fish feeder. Tilapia can both put on weight and increase reproduction when fed with an automatic fish feeder. In the case of feeding Tilapia, this can be considered a back-door way of “fertilizing” difficult to fertilize lakes, like those that are spring fed or flowing.
How to Start a Supplemental Fish Feeding Program on Your Pond or Lake
Use a high quality automatic fish feeder, we proudly sell Texas Hunter® Pro Series Fish Feeders. Sizing a fish feeder is dependent on how many fish you are feedings and how often you are available to refill the feeder.
Use a quality fish feed with a protein content of at least 40%. When choosing pellet size of fish feed, smaller pellet size is generally better than larger pellet sizes. We provide our customers a high quality fish feed consisting of 45% protein, 12% fat, and a pellet size of 3/16”, this feed also has as its first ingredient: animal protein.
The preferred position of an automatic fish feeder is on the south shore, so the feeder doesn't have to cast into the wind as much. The feeder should also be positioned so it cast feed over the steepest slope of the pond or lake bottom, this is usually near the dam or on the dam. The steeper the pond bottom the less the water will retreat from the feeder as the water recedes during low water level situations, allowing your fish feed to reach your fish.
Start feeding small amounts at first as the fish get trained to the time and place of feeding. As the weather warms or as the population of fish increase in number and size, you will need to feed more. Never feed more than the fish can eat in 10 minutes.