Raising baitfish and Crayfish in New York ponds is written by J.L Forney. He has written the following content:
- Planning bait ponds (The farm bait pond & The bait hatchery)
- Raising baitfish (Golden shiner, White sucker, and fathead minnow)
- Harvesting baitfish
- Raising Crayfish
- Eliminating undesirable fish
- Financial considerations
What does it tell about?
A generation ago, minnows for bait were easily seined from lakes and streams. Now, however, because of a tremendous increase in the number of fishermen, these natural waters cannot supply angling needs.
The demand for additional new sources of bait led the New York State Conservation Department in cooperation with Cornell University to explore the possibilities of raising baitfish in New York ponds. Tests conducted in 90 ponds demonstrated that the golden shiner, fathead minnow, and white sucker can be raised successfully in New York in properly designed ponds.
In planning a bait pond, for the farm bait pond, the site is important. 3 characteristics are important for a suitable pond site:
- Topography that can be converted into a pond economically.
- The subsoil contains enough clay to hold water.
- A water supply that is adequate but not excessive.
Important points for the production of baitfish
- The ponds that have to do the baitfish production must have enough water supply in them. Fish production is increased by feeding on the availability of freshwater.
- For the harvesting of baitfish, the only satisfactory method of harvesting the entire crop of baitfish is to drain the pond.
- Similarly, this publication gives us information regarding the raising of Crayfish too.
- You can easily download it free from the website.
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