Post By: Swigs Posted: 8/18/2016 11:51:08 AMPoints: 1689
8 years ago the Loveland Fishing Club purchased 2 floating fish feeders which have been deployed on Jayhawker South and Dragonfly pond. The agreement was the club would buy the feeders ($1,000.00 each) and CPW would supply the feed. It's worked tremendously with catfish reaching 20 inches in only 3.5 years compared to the normal growth rate to this size at age 5. The solar powered feeder dispense supplemental feed twice each day and usually remain on the pond May-October annually. CPW has also documented expedited grown by sunfish and trout as well. Getting to my point, the men and women of the Loveland Fishing Club did it again! They purchased a third feeder which will be deployed today. Thanks Loveland Fishing Club, just one many examples of several project spearheaded by some great anglers.
Please support this great organization which promote youth angling and fishing in general in the Loveland area.
That's good news Which lake has the blue cats stocked in it? No matter what I do to find this info no one seems to know for sure where you guys put them? And have the been caught? If so any size to them yet are they at catchable size ? Thank you swigs
The Blue Cats went into Dragonfly pond, there was 2 separate stockings but all were 3-4" when stocked, should be a group at 8" and another at 12", I did not run into any of them this survey but we did catch some of the red ear sunfish.
Duly impressed with this effort and others that are being made to make these ponds an enjoyable and worthwhile outing close too home. At my age, I appreciate any fishing time I can get. Kudos to the Loveland Fishing Club!
Reply by: Swigs Posted: 8/21/2016 9:53:02 AM Points: 1689
The Jayhawker South Pond was loaded with channel catfish of all sizes, one of the surveyed fish had past and the gut contents confirmed the feeders are working....apologize if the photos offends but needed to prove the point.
It proves that they are eating the food they are providing by providing that food the fish will increase in size faster and the numbers of survivors will be higher. Once they get to a certain size they are less Likly to be eaten. And no, catfish are not just bottom feeders. That is a mith
Ben I would love to meet with you and Paul W. Someday take you two to lunch. I want to share the data I have collected you may be interested in it or maybe not? I got really good year class survival data on some lakes
it's very true about cats not being just bottom feeders. in fact, i've caught channel cats on a green w/black hackle wooly bugger, on the flyrod. i'm not sh*tting you on that. Everything eats the wooly bugger. i've also caught them on spinners while fishing for trout.
White sucker and carp = bottom feeder. Look at mouth placement, great for sucking sh*t off the bottom. Now look at a catfish mouth, and then look IN their mouths, they have teeth, carp and suckers do not. Catfish are scavengers, not bottom feeders. That being said cats will in fact eat just about anything they can find/catch, but rarely are they just full of mud like carp and suckers.