Our Fish Species

smallmouth bass minnesota fishes
Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass 

Spawning: From mid-April to mid-June they construct nests near shore in water from 1-15 feet deep. They prefer sandy or gravel bottoms, but they will use any type.
Food: Adults eat crayfish, frogs, large insects, and fish.
Adult size: Normally 12-15 inches and can weigh 1-3 pounds, but can reach 10 pounds.

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Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass 

Spawning: From mid-April to mid-June they construct nests near shore in water from 1-15 feet deep. They prefer silt-free, sandy or gravel bottoms, but they will use any type.
Food: Adults eat crayfish, frogs, large insects, and fish.
Adult size: Normally 12-15 inches and can weigh 1-3 pounds, but can reach 10 pounds.

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Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch 

Spawning: Occurs from mid-April to early May. Eggs are deposited in adhesive bands over vegetation or on the bottom.
Food: Adult aquatic insects, larvae, and small fish.Adult size: Normally 5-12 inches and weigh 1/4 – 1 pound; can exceed 2 pounds.

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Crappie

Crappie 

Spawning: Normally during May to June and nest in and around brush, rocks, or vegetation in water 1-5 feet deep.
Food: Young crappies feed on zooplankton and larval insects during their first year of life; as adults they switch to a diet of small fish.
Adult size: Usually 6-12 inches, but can reach lengths of up to 18 inches and weigh over 3 pounds.

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Walleye

Walleye 

Spawning: Walleyes spawn throughout April when water temperature is 40-50 degrees. Eggs are scattered over gravel, reef areas, or in the riffle areas of tributary streams.
Food: Walleye feed mostly on small game fish or fathead minnows.
Adult size: Normally 14-22 inches and weigh 2-4 pounds. May reach 36 inches and weigh over 16 pounds.

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Bluegill

Hybrid Bluegill 

Cross between male bluegill and female green sunfish. This hybrid produces a quicker growing, lower reproductive, very aggressive fish. Bluegills (and other pan-fish) play a key role in the food chain, and are prey for larger game-fish like Walleye and Bass.
Food: Insect larvae and commercial feed.

Fathead Minnows 

fathead minnow
Fathead Minnow

Provides a forage fish to supplement predator growth. May reproduce but is normally restocked semi-annually to boost predator growth. The main spawning season of the fathead minnow is from June through July, and they are in good spawning condition from mid-May to early August.

 

Examples of Pond Stocking Rates for a 1 acre pond