In new ponds small (1-2″) bluegill, redear sunfish, and fathead minnows are stocked to establish a forage base. Once the forage base is established, we then stock the largmouth bass. We stock the coppernose bluegill and the F1, northern strain, or florida strain largemouth bass. The redear sunfish are also known as shellcrakers. Hybrid striped bass (a.k.a. stripers, hybrids) are stocked to provide fisherman an optional sportfish to catch.