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    Stocking Pike???

    I was thinking about stocking pike in my sand pit. There are already bass, bluegill, sunfish, bullheads and carp in the lake. The lake seems out of balance with what seems like millions of small bluegill and sunfish. An average bass is probably in the 2-3 lb range with the occasional 4+ lb fish. Would the pike reproduce and eventually take over? The sand pit is about 10 acres and 25 feet deep.
    Last edited by JH; 02-13-2016, 02:21 PM.

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    Originally posted by JH View Post
    I was thinking about stocking pike in my sand pit. There are already bass, bluegill, sunfish, bullheads and carp in the lake. The lake seems out of balance with what seems like millions of small bluegill and sunfish. An average bass is probably in the 2-3 lb range with the occasional 4+ lb fish. Would the pike reproduce and eventually take over? The sand pit is about 10 acres and 25 feet deep.
    Largemouth bass are THE PREDATOR best suited to small waterbodies in Nebraska. Sure stock some pike if you want, especially in a sandpit, but I would never expect them to get on top of panfish and rough fish in a small waterbody.

    You mentioned bullheads and carp, how many of them? Their presence suggests a flood event sometime in the past which makes me wonder what else is in there? Gizzard shad? Others? All of those extra species will compete with bluegills and small bass. Pike will eat them all, but I would not expect pike to make a huge difference.

    Here is more information if you are interested:

    http://outdoornebraska.gov/wp-conten...h_Stocking.pdf

    http://outdoornebraska.gov/wp-conten...tfish_Pond.pdf

    http://outdoornebraska.gov/wp-conten...sh_Species.pdf

    Daryl B.
    Daryl Bauer
    Fisheries Outreach Program Manager
    Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
    [email protected]
    http://ourdoornebraska.ne.gov/blogs/category/barbs-and-backlashes/

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      #3
      I'm not sure how many bullheads or carp. I don't think there are a ton but not sure how to find out. A nearby creek did flood into the pit many years ago. As far as other species, I have never caught or seen anything else. But who knows?

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        #4
        There are some other options for your situation other than pike and bass, both of which will not reproduce. One would be tiger muskie and the other hybrid stripped bass. If you would like more help message me or call 605 660 6566. Both of these predator species can be very efficient at helping reduce population size of sunfish. Like I said they don't reproduce so you can harvest them and know over time what is left in the pond.

        Brett K.
        Brett Kleinschmit
        Antelope Creek Wildlife and Ponds
        605-660-6566
        [email protected]
        www.antelopecreekwp.com

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