Normally it's the norm for large trout in the 10th acre bore hole fed flow through pond, but with the smaller fish I presently have in the 5 inch + range I would like to feed them more than once per day. However, feeding at first light gets virtually no takers, as does feeding the rest of the day until evening. In the evening I get a very good enthusiastic response, although I believe I am wasting a lot of feed as the trout are scattered throughout the pond.
Any idea why these little stinkers only want to feed once per day? Perhaps there is enough natural feed in the pond until the come close to the surface in the evening? I am feeding floating feed now btw. Was feeding sinking feed before as that was all that was available in the appropriate size.
I'm considering building a couple of floating PVC rings that will hold feed in place that is not eaten. Put it in the two areas of the 1/10th acre pond where most of the fish seem to come up. That way if they learn that is where the feed shows up they will feed there during other parts of the day if the feed is still there. Hopefully will cut down on the feed waste?
BTW they do go out of their way to feed on midges in the evening if they are on the surface, and as far as I can tell the fish are not emaciated.