How many fish should I stock?
This question is one that is best answered with a phone call because
of all the variables involved. The flow of water, depth, seasonal
water variation, number and size of fish presently stocked, predation
and of course the budget.
How deep does my pond need to be to support fish?
We like to see ten feet or more during the lowest water levels of
the year. The deeper the water the colderand the more oxygen the
water can hold.
When should I place my order to make sure I get the fish I want?
Because of the high demand of the larger fish, we take orders up
to a year in advance. The sooner the better as we will have greater
selection and be able to better supply the size and number of fish
When do you deliver fish?
Generally speaking, between May and the end of June. We do have
limited numbers and sizes of fish available through the balance
of the year, so give us a call.
Why are 10" fish popular for many ponds?
We find this size fish to have several advantages. They are of a
catchable size upon delivery and will typically be a nice size by
the end of the first summer. If you have larger fish in the pond
from a previous plant this size fish will not become food for the
bigger fish in the pond, as would a fingerling size fish.
Will the fish reproduce in my pond?
Typically not. Trout require clean gravel beds with a good flow
of water through this gravel. When the eggs are laid they sink down
between the voids of the individual stones and are somewhat protected.
Ponds usually allow sediments to settle to the pond bottom and fill
these voids. Fish sense this and will not attempt to lay eggs but
will instead reabsorb them.
However, if you have an incoming stream of water or a current of
incoming water from underwater springs, this may provide clean gravel
and spawning may occur. By far the majority of ponds and lakes we
stock do not have reproductive habitat. It is common to notice small
fish in many ponds but in most cases these are undesirable species
such as squaw fish which are brought by waterfowl feces or other