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There is a pond close to my home that has no bass in it. It is about 3/4 to 1 acre and about 12-15 feet at its deepest level.  About 5 years ago some people must have put some gold fish in it because they are all over in it now.  I have been thinking about putting some bass in it in hopes that it may someday become my little semi private fishery.  I have not done it yet due to my uncertainty of the bass's survival rate, or causing some other unforseen problem.  Any thoughts as to why or why not to try this?  It is on a golf course and chemical run off is one my concerns.

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You may want to check into local game laws.  I think there may be places that regulate the "moving" of game fish, for lack of a better term.

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Hey I fish a couple of private ponds that have a lot of stunted Bass. I offered both owners to bring Bass from one pond to the other to get some new genes into the breeding stock. We asked a fish and game guy not only is this not legal. He made the point that since I didnt know exactly what I was doing I could be spreading disease and parasites from one pond to the other Im glad I didnt self-will that one. Good intentions by novices could bring undesirable results BE CAREFUL and make an informed decision

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Aside from the legal aspects, goldfish don 't grow big enough to stop bass from eating them even when full grown, eventually bass will grow and eat them all leaving your bass without a food source. In order to ensure a continuous supply of food for those bass you need to add something that will provide the bass with food when the goldfish are gone ( they will be gone in a couple of years ), most pond managers suggest bluegills as forage base for bass in ponds. The only problem with the bluegill/ bass combination is the management of the pond, you can 't practice catch and release in a pond stocked with bluegills/bass, you will need to practice selective harvesting or you will end up with a pond stuffed with stunted bass.

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