pond or lake to be stocked is required to have a stocking permit
from State Fish, Wildlife and Parks. This permit is good as long
as you own the property but does not transfer with the sale of a
property. The permit will list the species of fish which can be
already have a permit, just supply us with the number when you are
placing your order. If you have ordered with us before we have this
in our files and we are all set. If you can't locate your permit,
it is easily found on line at http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/pondSearch.html
or by calling the FWP office listed below.
McFarland of the Bozeman office is the information person for the
FWP. Another good contact is Karen Zackheim at 406-444-3301.
you do not presently have a stocking permit you
need to start the permit process by requesting a permit application
from your nearest FWP office click http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/license/
and download the application. This entails filing out a form
and including a topographical map of your pond. Since 2002, the
state also requires a copy of the water rights for your pond water.
The days of just digging a hole for road gravel and filling it with
fish are gone. Once submitted, the FWP will call you and schedule
a site visit. Your local game warden will come to see if your pond
is screened or otherwise separated from any other waterways. Fish
escaping and accessing nearby streams or riversis a concern. This
actually occurs more often than we think. Fish are programmed to
spread their genes and if there is a way they will find it.
permit process takes several months so plan ahead. Too many times
we talk with people in May wanting to stock their ponds next week.
Be sure your permit is in place. We have the size fish you need
and a delivery can be scheduled. Give us a call if we can be of
help with any of these details.