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Frequently Asked Questions
- What should I stock in my pond? We are asked this question a lot and there isn’t one size fits all answer. The answer depends on your fishing goals and budget. We can work with you to help you decide what will work best in your pond. Each pond is different and therefore needs an individual plan. Below are some stocking examples, but keep in mind there can be many variations. Give us a call or email us if you want personalized help.
- What is the difference in Bluegill and Hybrid Bluegill? Straight Bluegill are a native fish to the area. They are about evenly male and female and reproduce during the Summer months, making them ideal for forage fish. The Hybrid Bluegill are a cross between the Straight Bluegill and a Green Sunfish. They are around 90% male and don’t have good reproduction. They are both good for kids fishing although the Hybrids are more aggressive about biting the hook and a little hardier when being handled.
- What do I need to bring to pick up my fish? We recommend checking with us before heading out to double check on what you need for pick up, but generally we can bag most of the fish in a plastic bag with oxygen. The catfish fingerlings poke holes in the bag so it’s best to bring a container to put them in. We will fill the container with water here at the farm. The larger fish will also need to be hauled in a container. We recommend things like a 55 gallon trash can, large ice chest, large storage container, etc.
- Do you deliver or run a route truck? We don’t run a route truck but we do offer delivery all over the state and to surrounding areas. We like to bring the fish directly from our farm to your pond so they don’t spend much time in tanks. We charge $2.00 per loaded mile for delivery. Some orders can be combined with others the same area for a discounted rate.
- Why don’t you sell Coppernose Bluegill? We don’t recommend Coppernose Bluegill for our area because there can be a high mortality rate if the pond ices over. If you are in Southern Oklahoma we can source them if you want to stock Coppernose. Otherwise, we recommend Straight Bluegill and minnows for forage fish in your pond.
- Should I feed my fish? The answer depends on your pond goals. Feeding a floating pellet will allow faster growth and take pressure off of the forage fish, or can altogether eliminate the need to stock forage fish. If feeding is not something you are interested in or isn’t feasible don’t worry! Stocking forage fish will allow the pond to be properly managed without the need for supplemental feeding.
- What and how much should I feed my fish? We recommend feeding what the fish will consume in about 10 minutes time. If you feed more than that it can cause water quality problems and is just wasting the fish feed. After stocking new fish in a pond it can take a couple of weeks or more for the new fish to catch on. You will have better success if you feed in the same place around the same time each day. Feeding can be a fun and enjoyable time for adults and children, and will also keep the fish growing.
- Should I stock Tilapia or Grass Carp to get rid of vegetation? Both types of fish are a good choice for vegetation control. They are completely different in the way they source food but they both eat aquatic nuisance weeds. The Grass Carp are better for the rooted types of vegetation. We recommend 10 fish per surface acre unless the problem is severe, and then more may be needed. The Grass Carp are sterilized and will not reproduce in your pond. Tilapia love duckweed and filamentous types of algae. They eat vegetation and also reproduce quickly giving your other fish a nice forage base, giving you two good reasons to stock them! The downside to stocking Tilapia is that they die when the water temperatures get too cold, usually around Thanksgiving in this area. They have to be restocked each year but many of our customers make this a regular purchase to keep their ponds healthy. The good news with both of these fish is that they will not overtake your pond and either one is a good chemical free option.
- How can I safely release my fish? Acclimating fish to the temperature of your pond is important. Most of the time the water in our fish house is very similar to the water in your pond. When you take home your oxygenated bags of fish we recommend floating them for a 5-10 minutes before releasing them.
- How many acres is my pond? Knowing the size of your pond is important when stocking fish. PennState has a good article here about calculating pond size and Kasco marine has a calculator that can be accessed here.
Pond Stocking Rates
These are some of our basic sizes and species. Please contact us to create a personalized plan for your pond!