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thefielddude23 01-12-2014 08:06 PM

Minnow pond
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

gfdeputy2 01-13-2014 04:08 PM

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

Hunting Man 01-13-2014 06:11 PM

I think it would be very hard to make the pond profitable for minnow sales.

BruceBruce1959 01-14-2014 06:36 AM

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

gfdeputy2 01-14-2014 08:13 AM

OOPs I misread that thought it was 5' deep

Hunting Man 01-14-2014 08:41 AM

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.

jessemueller 12-24-2014 12:35 AM

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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