Okay first of all this is not my pond either so this is all hypothetical at this point. I have a friend who owns a small pond (approximately one acre) that has been in existence for nearly 20 years. When he put the pond in he worked through a fishery and did the recommended stock rates on various fish. Over the years this pond has always had plenty of fish as I have always been able to catch fish on each trip. However, I don't think that I have ever caught anything any bass larger than 15-16". He has never harvested any bass from the pond to my knowledge. In fact the only thing he harvested for years was the perch that he stocked. He has some monster crappies as well in the pond. I am not sure how many he stocked but there seems to still be a decent population of them. It is not unusual to catch them 15-16". He had initially stocked channel cats but a few years ago we convinced him to take a few of those out as they were to large and predatory for the small pond. The were 25+" when we took them out. I personally pulled out 8 in one evening (less than 2 hours). My thought is that the bass in this pond have been severely stunted due to overpopulation. I am guessing that the mature bass will not grow once the overpopulation problem is alleviated and thus they will live out the remainder of their lives smaller than normal. Is that an accurate assessment? What steps would you do to try and improve the size of the fish in the pond? Would you harvest some of the bass? Or remove several of the crappies and/or large gills? I don't think that he ever had a bait minnow stocking initially. Would it be worthwhile to stock fathead minnows at this point? The pond looks very healthy with a good amount of algae growth around the shallows for cover. It has a constant stained color to it which seems to limit the overall weed growth to only the shallow areas. I believe he treats the lake like once a year to kill algae. I am not sure how good of an idea this is as I have heard reports of small fish floating dead following treatments there. There is a spring feeding the pond that seems to keep a pretty good fresh water supply entering throughout much of the year. I would like to be able to suggest ideas to him that would be relatively low cost and that would create some bigger fish...for him and me. I look forward to hearing your suggestions.