We have a pond (only like 5 feet and 12 inches deep), and something I have wanted to do after winter is raise some minnows in it.
We have had a nice Kentucky bass and bluegill in it (1 bass, 3 bluegill), but there is currently no fish in the pond. I want to raise fathead minnows, and get enough to benefit my fishing trips and to sell minnows. I have had a batch of minnows before, but lots of them died. I had my setup in a Rubbermaid container, and I think I over stocked it. Or I could set up a kiddie pool (which would have bluegill in it too) in the basement. Is it possible to raise minnows for profit and my benefit in a small pond or a kiddie pool?Here in Iowa the weather gets kind of cold out :yes:, I could raise them in the pond and transfer them into the kiddie pool in winter?I am kind of puzzled about minnows
5' deep pond is shallow is it spring fed?
Can you aerate it to keep it from freezing that would be the issue I could see because once it freezes over O2 level would be depleted killing off the minnows they should withstand the cold just won't live without oxygen
I think it would be very hard to make the pond profitable for minnow sales.
at 5' with only 12" of water that's not a pond that's a large puddle. anything you put in there will struggle to live,
You'll need a lot larger and deeper if you want any chance at keeping minnows. Good Luck
OOPs I misread that thought it was 5' deep
Flathead minnows are not the top minnow for fishing, in fact, here in Ohio fishing Lake Erie, silver minnows are #1 and flatheads are a distant #2 preferred minnow. We have a nickname for flatheads, mud minnow.
As far as for profit, I have no idea, but I do know you can keep minnows alive with a simple aerator (bubbles) in the tank/whatever your minnows are in. Keeping the water flowing is critical.
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