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It is important to know something about the prefered habitat of
the fish you choose to raise in your pond. Species differ in their
requirements for feeding, growing, reproducing and surviving.
Oxygen or temperature requirements are just two examples. Other
species than those described below may be available. Call
1-800-442-6648 for current availability and pricing.
Due to the stress of catching and handling fish, Aquatic
Biologists, Inc does not keep a ready supply of fish available
for immediate pickup. All fish must be ordered in advance. There is
a $100.00 minimum order requirement. Fish availability varies
throughout the year. Deposit may be required.
Fathead Minnows are the most important
fish in any management program. The Fathead Minnow is a plankton
feeder, but it will also feed very actively on mosquito larva and
on commercial feed. This fish spawns from the spring until late
summer on the underside of nearly any material near the shore.
Reproduction can be improved by placing structure in 1 to 3 feet of
water. We recommend stocking about 100 - 150 pounds per surface
acre in most water bodies. This is our #1 selling fish species.
Hybrid bluegills are a poplular choice
when the objective is to produce large bluegill or to provide
fishing for children or impatient anglers. Hybrid Bluegills are a
cross between a male Bluegill and a female Green Sunfish. Hybrid
Bluegills are voracious feeder, depending mostly on insects,
zooplankton and very small fish. The Hybrid Bluegill accepts
commercial feeds readily, but unlike its parent species continues
to feed during much colder water temperatures, resulting in faster
growth. Because of this, the Hybrid Bluegill will attain a weight
of 2 to 3 pounds at maturity. Generally, we recommend 500 Hybrid
Bluegill per acre in ponds.
One of the most sought after fish by anglers, the
Largemouth Bass is very well suited for stocking in most ponds,
provided adequate food and structure is available. Largemouth bass
prefer quiet, clear waters with abundant vegetation and cover
(Iguchi and Matsuura, 2004). More specifically, they prefer shallow
water that is usually no deeper than 2.5 meters, but they sometimes
occupy deeper regions. Fish, crayfish, frogs, and large insects
make up their diet. The Largemouth Bass is commonly used to help
control populations of panfish. Normal stocking rates are 25
Largemouth Bass per acre.
Sometimes called a
"bronzeback" for its brassy brown hue, the smallmouth is one of the
strongest fish for its weight. Although this species is very
popular with anglers, it is not always the best choice for shallow
lakes or ponds. Smallmouth Bass require cool water temperatures for
good growth, and normally have a hard time competing for food with
the more aggressive Largemouth Bass. Smallmouth Bass prefer gravel
or rubble substrate, boulders, some shade and cover, along with
deep pools for stream environments along with a strong forage base.
If there are no Largemouth Bass, you can usually stock
approximately 25 per acre
This is a great fish to
stock if you plan on ice fishing. One of the best fish to use when
stocking your pond this fish produces an acrobatic show when hooked
that is sure to entertain - they can easily leap into the air three
or four times their body length. Rainbow Trout should only be
stocked in ponds that are consistently below 70°F throughout the
year. Sustained temperatures over 72°F will prove fatal. Rainbow
Trout are strong feeders, so plan on stocking minnows or feeding
40% protein fish pellets if you do not have a large forage base.
Rainbows can live in your pond for about 6 years.
We recommend stocking about 100 per Surface Acre. Rates upwards of
500 Rainbows can be stocked under certain conditions. Ask our
biologists how many your pond can support prior to stocking. Brook
and Brown trout are also available! Trout are very succeptable to
copper algaecide and herbicide treatments.
This fish generally prefers large,
deep, cool open water areas with rocky shoals and inlet streams.
However, if conditions are right, a certain amount can be
maintained in smaller lakes and ponds. Walleye are bottom dwellers
during daytime hours, so lakes and ponds with stagnant summertime
bottom water do not provide good habitat. In addition, they are
among the first to die during low oxygen conditions, so pond owners
considering stocking Walleye should think of installing an Aeration
System (see aeration section). Stocking densities vary greatly.
Unlike trout, walleyes will not eat artificial foods. There must be
a good supply of natural food (plankton, insect larvae, crayfish or
minnows, bass, perch, and to a certain extent Bluegills, so a
strong forage base is necessary. Generally, we recommend stocking
about 20 - 25 per Surface Acre.
The Black Crappie option
is the most complicated of pond stocking combinations in small
ponds due to their ability to reproduce rapidly and overpopulate.
Successful crappie ponds are greater than 5 acres with abundant
habitat (brush piles) and numerous small (less than 1 pound)
largemouth bass. Many people have had success with Black Crappie,
mainly because no spawning occurred. Small crappie eat a variety of
food, such as zooplankton, insect larvae, snails, and leech, but
adult Black Crappie feed mainly on small fish. If you would like to
stock Black Crappie, we recommend about 100-200 per Surface Acre.
In order to successfully stock this species the pond most already
have a strong predator fishery. This predator fishery must be
Some say the yellow perch is he best
eating of all fresh water fish, but unfortunately its pond
reputation does not match this. Being a very prolific fish with few
spawning substrate requirements, perch can cause serious stunting
problems in nearly any lake or pond. Yellow perch provides good
forage for most predator fish, especially walleye. Yellow Perch
consume a wide variety of food items, but fish do not become a
major component of their diet until after reaching 7" in size. We
recommend stocking 150-300 per Surface Acre in ponds with Walleye
as the primary game fish.
The Northern Pike is one of the largest game fish feeding
continuously throughout the day and year. They can eat fish up to
18" long, ducks and even fully-grown Muskrats. Because of their
territoriality and heavy feeding, only 2-4 per Surface Acre should
be stocked to control other fish populations.
Muskies are closely related to Northern Pike
preferring large lakes with both deep and shallow basins.
Muskellunge can have a positive effect in waters over populated
with perch, bass, and to a very limited extent on Bluegill. Stock
1-2 per Surface Acre in suitable waters void of Northern Pike.
In order to stock or contain fish in Wisconsin, you must have an
approved WI DNR fish stocking permit or a
Type 1 WDATCP Fish Farm License (Exits Site). To renew your
current Type 1 Fish Farm License click
Since January 2002, a Fish Health Certificate (FHC) has been
required for all fish stocked in Wisconsin, including private
ponds. All fish available through ABI have undergone extensive
testing to obtain this Health Certificate as required by law.
Due to the length of time it takes to get each batch of fish
health certified ABI requests all fish stocking orders to be placed
30 days prior to stocking.
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