Here is a link to a great brochure for pond management put out by a group in Arkansas. Farm Pond Management for Recreational Fishing
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Channel Catfish are not only an outstanding food fish; they are an excellent sport fish. It is compatible in lakes and ponds with all species and works well with Hybrid Sunfish and Largemouth Bass. Growth rates 1 lb. a year if fed commercial feed. The 8-10” size is a good choice for fishing derbies.
Fathead Minnows should be stocked in new ponds. They should also be stocked prior to stocking Largemouth Bass so they have an opportunity to spawn and provide plenty of feed for young Bass. Suggested stocking rate is 5 lbs. Per acre.
Hybrid Sunfish are produced by crossing a male Bluegill with a female Green Sunfish. This hybrid cross produces a 90% male, 10% female population, which makes the Hybrid Sunfish an excellent pond fish, as it will not over populate. The 5-8” size is an excellent choice for children’s fishing derbies. The Hybrid Sunfish readily accepts artificial feed, and grows to a much larger size than either parent (1-2 lbs. Fish are not uncommon). Growth rate ¼-½ lbs. Per year.
Largemouth Bass: are one of the most popular fish . They are predators and work well to help control stunted Bluegill and Crappie populations. By nature this fish will not accept artificial feed, but the fishery does raise Largemouth that do accept the same feed as Channel Catfish and Hybrid Sunfish, which greatly increases their growth rate ½ to ¾ lbs. Per year.
Bluegill: fit much of the description of the Hybrid Sunfish except they do not grow as quickly and tend to overpopulate much more rapidly the Hybrid Sunfish.
Black Crappie: is not recommended for ponds smaller than 5 acres. They can overpopulate and compete with other sunfish for feed. Ponds larger than 5 acres should stock 100 Crappies per year.
Triploid Carp: are a alternative to using chemicals for weed control. This fish will not reproduce and when the proper numbers are stocked the need for chemicals or mechanical weed cutters for weed control will be eliminated. Grass Carp will only eat pond weeds. Algae problems must be treated chemically. Cattails are best treated mechanical, either by digging them out by hand or with a back hoe, or cutting them off in the late fall so ice will from over the surface of the stem, which will cause the plant to die from lack of oxygen intake. Stocking rates for each lake is different, depending on weed severity: 3-5 fish per acre in a pond with severe weed problem are suggested. These Carp eat most aggressively in the summer months. Good results are usually seen after a second season. For continued control of severe weed problem, fish should be restocked every 3 to 5 years.