Ajax Loader  Loading... Please wait...
  • My Account CALL TO ORDER 800.969.3337
  • Sign in or Create an account


​How to Design a Fish Feeding Program


By Bob Lusk, the Pond Boss

Not long ago, feeding fish in your pond or lake was simple. Set up your fish feeder, head to the local feed store, buy whatever fish food they had, fill the feeder, set the timer and let it do what it does.

Today’s world of pond management and fish growth doesn’t quite work that way. Now, you can design a feeding program for your fish. That fish feeding program depends heavily on a handful of concepts, starting with your goals…and your timeline for results.

Want to feed your baitfish to enhance your food chain for largemouth bass? You can do that. Or are you more interested in growing giant bluegill? You can. Are you wanting to grow channel catfish for a summer fish fry? Ditto. Maybe you want to step into the cutting-edge realm of feed-trained largemouth bass so you can increase the numbers of well-fed trophy bass. Or, maybe you’ve heard about those silvery freight-train fish, hybrid striped bass that grow oh-so-fast.

You choose the mission. Texas Hunter has the fish feeders; Purina Mills has created products to guarantee results. Go ahead, be picky. It’s okay.

Here’s the skinny on how to design a fish feeding program. Choose the right fish feeds…that’s job one. The “right” feed is based on your goals. If you have a weekend place and there’s a fish feeder on the dock and your main goal is to attract some fish and growth rates aren’t that important to you, choose one of the grain-based feeds. If you are feeding catfish, they don’t need those high-powered, high protein feeds. They’ll do quite well with the grain-based feeds.

But, if you want to put some weight on bluegill or feed-trained bass, don’t sell them short on their food. They are meat-eaters, athletes of the underwater world. Give them a good, fish meal-based feed. The bottom line. In today’s world, if you have specific goals and fish food plays a role, you have a variety of choices to help you get the results you expect.

If you want to feed catfish or just have a little fun with bluegills around the dock, fill your Texas Hunter Fish Feeder with Purina’s AquaMax Pond Products. These grain-based feeds are specially designed to supplement what nature offers. Channel catfish grow quite well with these products. Bluegill can grow as large as a pound.

If you prefer to feed more carnivorous fish, such as feed-trained largemouth bass or hybrid stripers…or you want to grow your bluegill to monster sizes quickly, use Purina’s AquaMax Sport Fish products. These high quality, fish-meal based feeds have been designed specifically to meet the nutritional requirements of predator fish.

Part of your feeding program is choosing pellet size, too. If you want to target small fish to grow to bigger sizes faster, choose smaller pellets. If you’ve decided to buy adult fish and continue their growth rates from the hatchery, buy bigger nuggets.

Second thing is get a reliable, automatic fish feeder. The secret to Texas Hunter’s patented directional fish feeders is in the design and engineering. Texas Hunter Fish Feeders are available in three models or capacities: 70 lbs., 175 lbs. or 250 lbs. of fish feed. Texas Hunter Products has built a reputation in the automatic feeder industry for delivering tough, long-lasting products for over 60 years.

For your pond, feeding the small fish makes sense because they are your up and coming stars, the freshman team, if you will. Feeding the medium size critters sets the table for those fish to be the junior varsity, on their way to the big time. So, in today’s world of fisheries management, you have a number of choices. Feed for fun, feed to grow big fish or design a program to mix it up and feed different sizes of different species of fish to speed up Nature’s process and to grow fish well beyond those sizes you might ordinarily see in a normal pond.

As a general rule, all feed should be consumed by the fish within 5 to 10 minutes of each feed event. If you observe feed floating on the water after this time you should reduce the number of seconds of the feeding. If the fish are consuming all of the feed in just a few minutes, slowly increase the amount of fish feed dispensed for that feed event.

If you don’t already have a Texas Hunter Fish Feeder on your pond or lake, they are available in three capacities with shoreline or dock mounting options. Solar chargers are available to keep the battery fully charged year-round. Watch the videos and get the details at http://www.TexasHunterProducts.com/fish-feeders/ or call 800.969.3337 for a full color catalog by mail.

Why Pond Boss? If you own or manage private waters - or want to - Pond Boss is the leading authority. Pond Boss magazine and www.PondBoss.com provide valuable, up-to-date information on the topics, products and services you need to be a better steward of your land and water. Learn and share from the nation's leading pond management experts and their family of friends. Published six times a year, Pond Boss Magazine brings you information you can actually use to manage your private waters. To learn more about Pond Boss and subscribe to the magazine visit https://www.pondboss.com/why

Wine Cork Camouflage

Hunting Tip - How to Use a Wine Cork for Face Camouflage Keep a wine cork and lighter in your gear bag for times when you need to hide one of the biggest warning signs to wild game – your facial features. Before you go on that next turkey or deer hunt, give the end of a cork a good [...]

Read More »

Recipe: Stuffed Venison Backstrap

This backstrap recipe will hit the spot after a long day of hunting. Cook it at your basecamp or on the back patio; either way, it will taste incredible. Ingredients: Backstrap (elk or deer) Salt Pepper Olive oil Bacon - 1 lb Mushrooms - 2 cups Garlic - 1 clove Cream cheese - 8 oz Bread crumbs - 1 cup Directions: Trim all silver skin from the [...]

Read More »

How Do You Become America's #1 Protein Feeder?

How do you become America’s #1 Protein Feeder? With a patented design and a high-density roto-molded manufacturing process - just like whitewater kayaks and Yeti® Coolers. Texas Hunter’s Xtreme Protein Feeders are built to be indestructible. The extremely durable hopper is made from a food grade polymer with built-in UV protection that blocks the harsh rays from [...]

Read More »

Customer Testimonial - Brenden Jantz

" 2017 was my first year with the 1200 lbs. Texas Hunter Protein Feeders. I bought three 1200 lbs. feeders from the local coop here in Kansas. Feeding protein year-round and having feeders that are easy to fill and handle are a big plus! Great product! "Brenden JantzGreensburg, Kansas 

Read More »

Recipe: Venison Patty Melt

A great patty melt is the sum of its parts, even more so than a standard burger. And though those parts are few—just some quality ground venison, onion, Swiss cheese, and rye bread—the end result is almost enough to make a guy swear off burgers forever.I’m too humble to say this is the best patty melt ever, but it’s pretty [...]

Read More »

Facing a Hard Case in Cistern

The incident serving as the basis for this column was based loosely on true events. The memory of the bar setting stuck in my mind and several years later I expanded the anecdote into a short story, The Gift Shot. The story ran in Field & Stream Magazine and subsequently won the President’s Choice award given by the Outdoor Writers [...]

Read More »

Recipe: Smoked Wild Hog Macaroni & Cheese

Wondering to do with any leftover wild pig ham you might have from last week's smoking project? Add it to macaroni and cheese and serve at a college football party, of course. This recipe is an amalgamation of my girlfriend T. Rebel's recipe for macaroni and cheese and my mom's long-standing recipe. T. Rebel started it as I was [...]

Read More »

Customer Testimonial - Cory Sumner, Magnolia, TX

"Went this past weekend to my deer lease. Most everyone's deer feeders were knocked over and torn-up by hogs and coons. Not mine! I have three Texas Hunter EZ Lift Feeders that were all in perfect shape and still had full charges on all the batteries after sitting for a year. I can't say enough [...]

Read More »


By Joe Doggett, Texas Hunter Products Contributing Writer.  A BIG WHITETAIL BUCK APPEARED from nowhere and stepped through the brush. His dark and heavy antlers glowed like a crown against the South Texas dawn. Swelling with the power of the rut, he paused to savage a mesquite bush.At once, the great buck filled my focus. I turned on the tree stand, [...]

Read More »

Texas Hunter Products
3350 N Panam Expressway
(same as 3350 IH 35 North)
San Antonio, TX 78219

Feeder Kits
Fish Feeders
Protein Feeders
Deer Feeders
Hide-A-Way Feeders
Road Feeders
Hunting Blinds
Chairs & Stools
Gift Certificates

Contact Us
Privacy Policy
Return Policy

Request Catalog


©2018 Texas Hunter Products All Rights Reserved.