Supplemental Winter Feeding of Hybrid Sunfish in Mississippi

The effects of supplemental feeding on the winter growth of male bluegill (Lepomis machrochirus) x female green sunfish (L. cyanellus) F1 hybrids were investigated in northeast Mississippi. Four 0.04 ha ponds were each stocked at the rate of 2471 fish per ha. Fish in 2 ponds were fed daily while the other fish subsisted only on natural food. Mter 90 days at water temperatures below 15 C, fed fish were significantly (P <0.05) heavier. but not longer than non-fed fish. Coefficients of Condition (K) for fed fish showed a significant (P < 0.05) increase through the winter and were significantly higher than K for non-fed fish, which showed no significant change in K through the winter.

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