Where Do i Get Fish to Stock My Pond?
Are you looking for a place to buy fish but don’t know where to look? Whether you’ve recently built a new pond or need to stock an existing one, the specialists at Pond King will be able to supply you with the fish you require.
Pond King is a leading supplier of fish for ponds and lakes of all sizes. Pond King provides a vast delivery area to satisfy the needs of customers with larger lakes. If you live in North Texas or Southern Oklahoma, we invite you to come to our facilities and pick up fish for your stocking needs!
Available Fish Species
Pond King’s fish-holding facility is home to various fish species such as Mozambique Tilapia, Coppernose Bluegill, Channel Catfish, F1 Bass, Black Crappie, Hybrid Stripers, and more.
We also have various fish sizes available, ranging from fingerlings to adults, to satisfy your stocking requirements. Pond King biologists can offer customized stocking programs during a consultation, in-store, or over the phone.
The cost of stocking varies depending on the size of the pond. To learn more about our fish stocking programs and prices, please visit our website. Discounts for large orders are available.
Delivery is available for larger orders. Fish are hauled in our fish hauling tanks, which provide continuous oxygen to the fish throughout their journey.
The Pond King biologist will adapt the fish to your pond once they arrive on your property.
Fish will be released into their new home after acclimation.
You are calling Pond King ahead of time to schedule your fish pick-up guarantees that we have enough fish to suit your stocking needs. Pond King representatives will bag your fish and explain the acclimation procedure for in-store orders, ensuring that your fish arrive in your pond as healthy as possible.
We recommend releasing fish into your pond within two to three hours of leaving our facility. We propose organizing a fish delivery or exploring additional solutions for fish stocking outside of our advised maximum travel time. Large fish orders necessitate planning and bringing the appropriate vehicle with storage space.
After you’ve brought your fish home, you should acclimate them before releasing them. Because there may be temperature discrepancies between your pond and the water within the bag, acclimatization is recommended to give your fish time to acclimate. It is not recommended to release fish that have not been adjusted.
You can always call a Pond King biologist with any stocking queries or stop by our offices in Gainesville, Texas, approximately an hour north of Dallas. When you buy fish from Pond King, you’re also getting the benefit of years of experience in lake management. We don’t just sell you the fish we have on hand; we also help you find the fish you require.
How to stock your pond for fishing?
It is one of the greatest American pastimes — fishing. Just ask my husband; fishing is right up there with God and family.
Even in Ohio, as long as a pond is adequately stocked and maintained, you can find some pretty decent fishing spots.
Many soil and water conservation districts are holding their annual spring fish sales so that their residents can stock their ponds. But when is the best time to stock your pond? Some will say in the fall so the fish can acclimate to the climate. However, you can store your ponds in the spring or the fall.
Quite honestly, for recreational purposes, spring is a pretty good time of the year. And whether your pond is new or old, populations need to be replenished to optimize your fishing experience.
What to stock?
We encourage stocking your new or reconditioned ponds with the SWCD’s fingerling fish such as largemouth bass, channel catfish, and bluegills. Not only are fingerlings less expensive, but they are also recommended, as they do not lead to an unbalanced fish population.
For older ponds, we strongly encourage you to inventory the fish species in your pond, along with the size and age of your existing fish, as that will determine what species, amounts, and size you should restock in your pond.
In addition to the sport fish, you will want to stock or restock fish species that are food sources for your sport species.
When purchasing fish from your local SWCD, you always recommend that you bring water from your pond in a large plastic trash bag lining a tote. Once the fish are placed in the bags for transportation, the packs can then be filled with oxygen and sealed so that you can safely and carefully transport your new species back to your pond.
How to Stock a Pond?
Learning how to stock your pond will not only provide you with hours of fishing enjoyment, but it will also aid in the control of algae, weeds, insects, leeches, and worms.
Creating a Balance
To keep your pond balanced, you should add three prey species, such as perch or bluegill, for every predator fish, such as bass. This pond stocking plan will ensure that predator fish have a plentiful supply of prey while also providing prey fish with a sporting opportunity to mature and reproduce. Catfish, on the other hand, will have little impact on the prey-to-predator ratio because they like to hang out at the pond’s bottom.
Your pond’s fish population will tend to keep itself in check once you’ve properly filled it. We recommend adding fathead minnows to your pond when you first stock it to feed the predator fish while the prey fish establish themselves. Minnows can be a healthy food for your fish if they are kept in the right conditions.
Types of Fish
Choosing fish of comparable sizes when stocking your pond can help the colony grow together. The amount of fish you add to your population will eventually be determined by the size of your lake or pond’s surface area. The diagram below shows how to stock ponds of various sizes.
Make a note of any “wild fish” that may already be in the pond before stocking it with fish. Fish can be added to new ponds in a variety of methods. Waterfowl can carry eggs or fry into your pond, and other creatures can sneak in by clinging to aquatic plants you put to your pond. Flooding can wash fish into your pond from surrounding ponds, lakes, and streams. It’s unavoidable that outside fish will find a way to make your pond their own over time. Before stocking, you should fish or trap to make sure no larger prey fish are already in the pond.
When Is It Time to Stock a Pond?
Pond stocking is best done in the spring or fall. Because the weather is moderate and oxygen levels are high, stress factors affecting fish will be at their lowest. They’ll be poised to thrive once they’ve adjusted to your pond. Summer is also a good time to add fish, although they will require a bit more time to acclimate.
Acclimating fish is straightforward after you’ve stocked your pond. Allow 15-20 minutes for the transportation bag to float in a shaded region of the pond. This helps your pond’s fish to gradually acclimate to the water temperature. After that, open the bag and let the fish swim free. If you’re introducing fish to an existing pond, start by releasing minnows at one end to attract larger fish, then move the smaller fish to the opposite end to give them a chance to find cover.
When stocking a pond with fish, keep in mind that creating habitats will allow smaller prey fish and minnows to hide and spawn safely. Existing weeds and other structures will give some shelter, but a carefully constructed environment, such as a Porcupine Fish Attractor or Fish Attractor Trees, can enhance what is already there by providing a habitat that will not disintegrate. Attractors and trees are also good fishing spots because fish naturally cluster and spawn in these regions, and they won’t snag your line. More information on the importance of habitat may be found at How to Create Habitat.
When pond stocking, ensure sure the water is sufficiently oxygenated to maintain predator and prey fish populations healthy. Now is a good time to instal an aeration system in your pond if you don’t already have one. When you introduce new fish to a pond or lake, they will produce excrement, which can lead to algae blooms, pH shifts, and fish deaths. By including an aeration system and beneficial microorganisms, such as those found in the ClearPAC Plus, poisonous gases will be reduced, dissolved oxygen levels will be increased, and damaging stratification will be avoided.
During each season, try to catch some of the fish in your pond and keep track of how many of each species leave while checking them for healthy colour, weight, and size. Checking on your fish on a regular basis will reduce the frequency and severity of population problems while also making your pond a fun addition to your house with fun activities for the whole family. Enjoy these suggestions and put them to good use the next time you need to restock your pond with fish!
Catch and release
And I know once you get those fish home, you will be anxious to go fishing. However, you must keep in mind good pond management practices. Largemouth bass and bluegills should be allowed to remain in your pond for at least three years so that they can grow and reproduce.
If you decide to begin fishing before then, please practice the art of “catch and release.”
Also, pond owners do not want to overharvest their ponds because that can result in several problems — one being an unbalanced fish population.
What’s in your pond?
There are a variety of ways a pond owner can track their fish population. For example, you can keep a diary of what you catch and release and choose not to release. Angler diaries are a great way to assist with pond management, fish populations, and fishing quality within their pond.
Seining is a low-cost way of determining a pond’s fish population. Utilizing a seine along the shoreline to catch newly hatched fish in late June or early July will give the pond owner an indication of their pond’s fish population and spawning status.
A pond owner will know what needs to be restocked to balance the species population with this information. The absence of or low numbers of young largemouth bass or small bluegills in the seine will alert the pond owner that the fish population needs to be adjusted, and restocking needs to occur.
The SWCDs work with the best fish hatcheries in Ohio and rely on our friends’ valuable information at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Therefore, I have looked to ODNR’s Ohio Pond Management book for insight to help my local constituents with all of their pond needs.
You can find the division’s newly revised book at https://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov.
I hope to see you all out fishing one day — it is a great way to spend time with family and friends.