We had a pond dug last spring and had it stocked with what our local nursery said was standard for the size of our pond which is 12-15 feet deep and 1/4 acre. It consisted of: 50 catfish 50 large mouth bass 50 red ear 150 bluegill (not hybrid) 2 grass carp 10# flathead minnows The fish are growing wonderfully and have nests made etc. but, we were told by a family member to get the catfish out of there. That they eat everything. He said that they are a menace and will devour everything. That they will just eat anything and everything in our pond. He has been trying to get rid of his for years and years and can't and the larger his catfish get, the larger the fish he eats get. We had the pond dug basically for the bluegill/bass fishing. But can a catfish really eat the baby fish, or do they swoop along the nests and eat the eggs??? Do they really eat the larger fish? I thought that they were just bottom feeders What's your experiences/opinions on this? Should we fish the cats out or just leave them?? Thanks for any opinions on this--hubby wants to fish them out immediately! I just want to be sure about what we should do.