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When your pond is complete,
or your established pond needs re-stocking, give us a call.
have many varieties of fish available, including:
Coppernose Bluegill, Native Bluegill, Hybrid
Catfish, Grass Carp, Largemouth Bass,
Tilapia, Fathead minnows, Redear Sunfish,
Black Crappie, Hybrid Crappie, and Golden Shiners..
fish are guaranteed disease free and we offer satisfaction without the
*Artwork by Duane
Raven, USDI / USFWS
thoughts on fish stocking in small ponds and small lakes in Southeastern
Charles Bo Collins, Fisheries Biologist
I cannot think of a better way of spending leisure time than with your
friends and loved ones fishing. What really helps us enjoy and remember
that fishing experience is catching a stringer full of quality fish.
This does not just happen in ponds and small lakes if the fishing water
is not stocked with the right kind of fish. If your fishing
water is improperly stocked, disappointment will result plus costing a
considerable amount of money that could have been spent on buying the right
kind of fish.
Fish Stocking in Water Less than One Acre
If the body of water is less than one surface acre, the best choice
would be to stock channel catfish or hybrid bluegill. Since limited
reproduction will occur with either of the species, channel catfish could
be stocked anywhere from 50 to 200 per acre and hybrid bluegill up to 300
per acre. This rate is based on waters that are void of fish.
Fathead minnows could be added for forage. Fish should be offered
a commercial fish food (preferably floating) at least 2 to 3 times per
week from spring through fall. The stocking size for channel catfish
and hybrid bluegill would be from 3 to 8 inches. Fish could be stocked
in the fall or spring.
Fish Stocking in Waters Exceeding One Acre
Waters exceeding one acre can be stocked with several species of fish.
The following table can serve as a guideline. Table is based on stocking
a body of water void of fish.
||5 10 lbs.
||Fall or Spring
|* The number of grass carp to stock will vary depending
on the abundance of aquatic vegetation. For a new body of water without
a weed problem, stocking at the above rate is suggested. When weeds
are starting to become a problem, additional grass carp may be needed.
Other species such as the black crappie and, in recent
years, hybrid striped bass have been used for stocking. I would
not recommend stocking black crappie unless the body of water exceeds 50
surface acres. Stocking rate for black crappie should not exceed
50 per surface acre and should be stocked in the spring. DO NOT STOCK
white crappie since they have a tendency to overpopulate. Hybrid
striped bass should only be stocked where large numbers of gizzard shad
are present. Stocking rate for hybrid striped bass should not exceed
25 per surface acre.
You can reach us by calling (870) 265-1205.
Sunrise Fisheries, Inc. would be glad to supply you with fish for stocking.
We have been providing this service for many years and would appreciate
For a listing of other services we provide, go to www.sunrisefisheries.com.