Feeder Basics

Lake shore at sunset


As a pond or lake owner, you can improve the health of your fish population and grow bigger fish by using fish feeders. These feeders provide a reliable food source and added nutrients to your pond, which can help attract more fish to your favorite fishing areas in your lake or pond. With more fish being drawn to your desired fishing areas, you and your loved ones can spend more time fishing and catching bigger fish. Additionally, watching fish feed can be a fun and educational activity for kids and adults alike. So, if you want to enhance your fishing experience and grow a healthy fish population, consider using a fish feeder.

The Importance of Feeding Your Fish

In a well-maintained lake, some people believe that fish can find their own food. However, many pond and lake ecosystems lack the necessary plankton, algae, and grasses that form the bottom of the food chain. This can hinder the growth of larger fish at the top of the food chain.

To address this issue, feeding programs can supply more nutrients to the lake and feed forage fish such as bluegills, minnows, shiners, shad, and small catfish. Forage fish will eat the feed pellets, allowing them to grow larger and reproduce more quickly.

When a lake has plenty of forage fish, large fish populations will grow as well. Fish feeders can help produce a well-balanced ecosystem and a healthy fish community. Feeding your fish can also allow you to catch larger sport fish from your pond and enjoy full and reliable fishing holes.

How Automatic Fish Feeders Work

Pond feeders are designed to distribute a predetermined amount of fish food into the pond at regular intervals throughout the day. Automatic feeders feature a powerful centrifugal blower system that dispenses the fish feed over the surface of the pond or lake, allowing for even distribution of food over a larger surface area of water.

Feed pattern of Texas Hunter feeders

The automatic feeders we carry at Danbury Fish Farms use a dual motor system that provides a consistent volume of fish feed through a built-in funnel system. The feeder’s precise digital timer regulates food distribution, which can be adjusted depending on the size of your pond and how many fish you have. This scheduled feeding encourages fish to congregate in the same part of the pond on a regular, daily schedule, improving catch rates for trophy bass, bluegill, and other sportfish.

Automatic fish feeders can also be adjusted to release food for a specific duration to supply just the right amount of food to the lake. By increasing the population of forage fish at the bottom of the food chain, your more desirable sport fish will also grow larger and become more populous.

When choosing food pellets for your pond feeder, keep in mind the species of fish that live in your pond. Determine which population of fish you want to grow to decide which type of fish food to use. When planning how much and how often to feed your fish, consider their population size. If you are providing the right amount of food, your fish should consume all of the food within about three to five minutes.

With our automated fish feeders, you can provide the perfect amount of food to your pond every day. The premium digital timer controls both the intervals of feeding times as well as their duration, making it easy to adjust the feeding schedule to meet your needs.

Types of Feeders

When choosing an automatic pond fish feeder, it’s important to consider where you want to place it. There are different types and models of fish feeders available, each designed for a specific application and environment. Here are three types of fish feeders to explore:

  • Dock Fish Feeders: These fish feeders can be securely attached to your pier, platform, or dock with lag bolts and dispense fish feed over the surface of the lake. They are perfect for attracting fish to your favorite fishing dock and feeding bluegill and catfish that often congregate around docks.
  • Pond Bank or Shoreline Fish Feeders: These stationary fish feeders can be effective for any size of pond and fish population. They have adjustable legs that allow them to attach firmly to the edge of a pond or lake. They can encourage fish to congregate in a specific area of your pond or lake and create excellent fishing holes.
  • Hanging Fish Feeders: These unique fish feeders allow you to drop food directly into the water or project it directionally. You can control exactly where you want to distribute your fish food by adjusting the feeder’s removable baffles. They are secured above the lake using a hanging bracket that’s included with the feeder.

To select the right fish feeder for your pond or lake, it’s important to consider factors such as the size of your water body, the fish population, and the location where you want to place the feeder.

Feeder Selection Considerations

When choosing the right fish feeder for you, there are a few pond features to consider:

  • Water level fluctuations – If your pond’s water levels change dramatically, a dock fish feeder may be the right choice for you.
  • Bank shape – Bank fish feeders have adjustable legs that allow them to be positioned on nearly any type of surface, including slopes and uneven terrain. When choosing where to place your fish feeder, look for an area where you like to fish and a place where your fish feeder can be placed close to the water.
  • Dock location – If you have a dock that you like to fish from, a dock fish feeder can be a great option.
  • Pond size – Our pond fish feeders project fish food up to 45 feet, making them perfect for most lakes or ponds. If you have a very large pond, you may consider having two or more fish feeders to place in different locations around your pond.