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Brenton Watkins

Spotted Bass In Farm Ponds

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No I have caught them out of wiskey town lake in ca though.

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Nope, not many spots around here though, mostly just largemouth. 

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I've seen people in videos catch spots out of a pond, but that's pretty abnormal. People have probably put some in ponds, but I haven't run across them. 

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Spotted bass are a lot like smallmouth bass, both are river fish that have adapted to reservoirs and large natural lakes. Spotted bass would over run a small lake or pond quickly, poor choice to stock them.

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I mistakenly stocked some spots in a 3 acre farm pond one time.   That said, they were out competed by the largemouth and died out.   It may have been anomaly, but I got the feeling they weren't built for slow water with little if any current.  Smallmouth in farm ponds around here do the same thing.  They will live out their lives, but get out competed by largemouth when it comes to reproduction.  They disappear as they die out.

 

I did hear of a rock quarry around here that was stocked with smallmouth only.  They did well.

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Fished a lot of ponds in my day and never caught a spot in a pond. Caught them elsewhere and they are pound for pound, inch for inch, one of the best fighting fish anywhere.

http://www.pondboss.com/index.asp

 

Old school basser...
 

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Caught spots off ponds that used to connect to the river around here. They over run those ponds and grow pretty big. Never in farm ponds though

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