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  1. Ande, Pike are very active under the ice. They can really take line too. Sometimes they spawn while there is still ice on a lake.
  2. I think the fish is almost dead and was held in the hole in the picture. Just out of the picture is another hole the guy dives in and comes up into the adjacent hole in the picture. Obviously not a capture by hand and for those of us that know anything about Esox Lucius you don't want to get anywhere near the mouth of an active fish. I have had them purposely try and snap at me. Very nasty teeth in their mouths including teeth that are curved back to hold onto their prey and can do a number on flesh or fingerings.
  3. Nice Esox but I've see enough of them to know it's not 39 lbs. Mind if I share that video?
  4. Caught and released 10 or 12 brook trout, and two tigers the other day to determine growth and health. No browns but they are in the pond. Brooks were 12 to almost 13 inches and the two tigers were in the 11 inch range. These fish are 8 months old. I have included pictures of a tiger trout (brown trout X brook trout) and a brook trout including the beautiful dorsal markings of one of the tigers.
  5. It's -6 F. today (-21.1 C.) this morning and the snow cover is not showing any mink activity nor are there any hits on the new "cubby" traps I built and baited with salmon. Maybe too cold for even mink to move?
  6. God bless you for doing this. I wish I could help but my forte is not aquaponics but rearing fish. I hope others will chime in.
  7. Likewise!
  8. If they are growing and eating well I wouldn't be too concerned, but keep an eye on them. What are your water parameters like, ammonia, nitrites, PH? Anything that could be stressing them? Remember many pathogens can be there but not effect the fish until they are stressed. Sometimes you just have a few fish that have issues while the rest are fine.
  9. AquaT, If I was you I would start out with a hardy species that will give you the least trouble for your first experience. That hands down is tilapia. And after you rear your first batch it's easy to produce your next batch yourself. I would strongly suggest a book available on Amazon for about $20.00 called Small Scale Aquaculture by Steven VanGorder. Not sure I would recommend building the RBC he recommends but there is all kinds of other information.
  10. Regular table salt is fine. No need to go to the extra expense of buying sea salt. Allegedly you want the NON-ionized salt but I'm skeptical if it really makes a difference. And I am not alone.
  11. Thanks. I did lose up to about 15 or 20 from bacterial issues and subsequent fungal issues from the move. As I indicated moving fish is stressful and brook trout are right up there with crappies as far as sensitivity to handling. Part of the problem was females that were egg bound, which added to the stress. If female trout don't have optimum spawning conditions they will hold their eggs and attempt to reabsorb them which is stressful. When I move 100 male brooks, about 60 tigers, and 60 browns back to the trout pond in late spring I will be lacing their feed with a broad spectrum antibiotic to curb any more losses. Most likely the losses will be less, as I will be able to feed them well vs. the dropping water temps and lower feeding activity which I ran into this fall. Whenever you handle fish, being able to get them back on feed ASAP is important. So rising water temps helps that. And even with trout, dropping water temps below optimum means heir immune systems aren't working 100 percent.
  12. Yes salt reduces stress, and handling or transporting fish stresses fish. Even rearing fish in tanks is a form of stress. Salt is known as the "aspirin of aquaculture." Simplified when freshwater fish are stressed they give off salt and have a hard time staying in a "salt equilibrium." Adding salt to the water helps them stay in equilibrium. About 0.5 mg/l aka 5000 ppm, aka 5 ppt is usually the recommended rate. I use 0.2 to 0.5 mg/l in my aquaculture tanks indefinitely. (Not aquaponics). http://darc.cms.udel.edu/AquaPrimer/saltusencrac105.pdf
  13. I have both in tanks and have no issues. That said, black crappie usually aren't sold feed trained. If they are not feed trained good luck getting them to feed on artificial feed. And they are very sensitive to handling. You may lose a good amount initially. Make sure you use salt when transporting (0.5 %).
  14. You're welcome. You appear to be doing your homework which is good. I think you're going to find there have been a lot of failures attempting to do what you want to do.
  15. I would join the following list serve and ask. Joining the Ohio Aquaculture Association wouldn't be a bad idea either. Ohio has done a lot of things with yellow perch and there are a fair number of growers over there. I've seen some good articles on just what you're asking in their newsletters. I know there is at least one buyer on the list serve below. Don't be thrown off by it being Ohio. Lots of people from other states on there including me. Aqua-ohio@lists.service.ohio-state.edu Last I knew Dr. Laura Tiu was the administrator. A guy that really knows his stuff on yellow perch is Bill Lynch who was president of the Ohio Yellow Perch Association last I knew. Even though he rears yellow perch he's not reluctant to give advice and give out his knowledge. He used to be an extension agent for Ohio State.
  16. Ande, Neither one of those hatcheries is for food consumption with one being state hatcheries that supply fish for stocking public waters and other for stocking recreational ponds.
  17. Just keep in mind the largest yellow perch farm in the world couldn't compete with wild caught perch and after pumping more than 20 million dollars into the operation and switching over to rainbow trout. All that money and still couldn't do it. Sold and under new ownership, and last I heard they will be raising genetically enhanced salmon.
  18. Hey Andy,

    Here's a cast of one of your European perch (Perch fluviatilis) that I assembled and painted as an American yellow perch (Perca  flavescens).

    18 inches (45.72 cm). 



    1. ande


      Nice,  :bow:

       Where I fish them 8-10 inches is big, 12-14 huge and 18 unheard of


    2. Cecil


      Must be too cold up your way? I've heard of some really big ones in Russian and Eastern Europe. 


  19. I had another heron on the big pond yesterday evening. Had a small trout or yellow perch in his mouth. Since I have two federal permits and one state permit to take herons out I got the shot gun out. Don't know why but he flew off apparently unscathed. I should have hit him. It was raining pellets all around and behind him. Proabably went through the feathers as there is not much to these birds but feathers and skin and bones. Should have been closer but it's hard to get very close to these birds. If I put the fear of Cecil into the bird and it won't come back that is fine with me. I'd prefer not to kill them.
  20. Hey Andy if he was raising Arctic char like you have up your way it might not be so bad.
  21. I've moved 108 male brook trout, 218 female brook trout, 71 brown trout, and 70 tiger trout to the biggest pond on the property. Total of 467 trout. Only a handful left in the original trout pond that come up for feed. Will probably get them out via hook and line. The following are the only pictures I have as one day a friend helped and he had a cell phone. The next day I was on my own and nothing to take a photo with. Brown Trout Another Tiger Trout
  22. Only day with no rain is tomorrow. But I have a family commitment tomorrow.