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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-30-2011, 02:40 AM Thread Starter
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My Walleye Hole

I have a pond in north central pa, its only about two acre but almost 18 feet deep. It has a mainly mud bottom but also a couple rock croppings and gravel piles. I stocked twenty walleye fingerlings in it two years ago. we catch them consistently but they never seem to grow. is it the size of the pond or something else keeping them stunted? also would they reproduce in such a small area?

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What is the extent of the food in there for them? What baitfish is in there?

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What else is going on in the pond, what other species of fish are competing for food. Is it spring fed and how old is it?
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Re: My Walleye Hole

In the pond as far as bait fish and food sources their are insects mayflies and and stoneflies, crayfish, fathead minnows golden shinners and panfish. However their are also largemouth bass and a few trout. the pond is spring feed by 5 springs and is 5 years old but i only put game fish in two years ago.

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How big are they now after two years? still fingerlings? they shouldnt be legal size till between years 3 to 6, depending on tons of factors, food/growing season being tops.



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Walleyes grow fast for the first 3 or 4 years of life, with average size reflecting the length of growing season or latitude, productivity of water, and abundance of forage. Females live longer than males and grow faster, particularly after they reach maturity.

Within a body of water, growth rates of year classes may vary considerably because of climatic conditions and abundance of prey. Walleyes in southeastern reservoirs grow fastest, with some young fish approaching 12 inches at age 1. The average for Minnesota walleyes, however, is 12 inches at age 3, while in South Dakota, they average 15 inches at that age.

In infertile northern waters, older walleyes may grow negligibly from year to year, so even a 20-year-old fish may not be huge. In Montana’s Frenchman Reservoir, old walleyes may actually shrink from year to year, apparently because of limited forage.

Walleye density also varies greatly among lakes and reservoirs. Stable populations in northern waters may contain from 5 to 10 pounds of adult walleyes per acre. Highest recorded abundance was reported at Storm Lake, Iowa, where biologists in the 1940s estimated a biomass of 33 pounds of walleyes per acre. Walleyes thrive in mesotrophic waters whose productivity at all levels of the food web is lower than in eutrophic (fertile) waters.

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The Fish are now about 12 inches long and are not skinny but are not fat either. Thanks for the article fallscity1 thats interesting

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I have a pond in north central pa, its only about two acre but almost 18 feet deep. It has a mainly mud bottom but also a couple rock croppings and gravel piles. I stocked twenty walleye fingerlings in it two years ago. we catch them consistently but they never seem to grow. is it the size of the pond or something else keeping them stunted? also would they reproduce in such a small area?
Ponds don't seem to be optimal for Walleye check out this site.

http://ohioline.osu.edu/a-fact/0010.html
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