One of the questions that we get most at the farm is “What species of fish would be best for my body of water?” Now the answer to this question is highly situational, as each pond is different. However, one of the most widely applicable solutions that we provide is Bluegill.
Bluegill are an excellent addition to ponds both as predator and forage fish. Natural competition with other fish species allows your pond to maintain a healthy balance. Which can tend to improve the growth rates of all species through control of populations. Typically we like to pair Bluegill with Largemouth Bass, allowing for each species to keep the other under control through predation. This can keep the fish in your pond growing healthily, and keep either population from growing larger than what your pond can support. Which allows your fish to grow larger.
Bluegill tend to prefer ponds with moderate to high amounts of weed cover, both in early development and later life stages. Weed cover allows the fish a place to hide, as well as helping to provide a place to forage safely for aquatic insects. Additionally they can prefer ponds with natural or artificial structure such as fallen trees and logs, or the Honey Hole habitats that can be found on our website.
An important thing to mention is the breeding habits of Bluegill. The spawning season tends to begin in the spring when water temperatures hit around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and can continue through summer. Bluegill build their beds on sand or gravel banks in shallow water. So having areas in your pond where this is available is important to allow the population of Bluegill in your pond to grow and flourish.
For most bodies of water Bluegill make an excellent addition. They are also quite delicious to eat. However it is important to consider your goals for your pond before adding any species of fish. If you have any questions, we encourage you to reach out to us at the farm. You can do that by calling the office at: (231) 389-2514.