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The Channel Catfish is not only an outstanding food fish; it is also an excellent sport fish. It is very popular because of its fast growth rate when fed a commercial fish food. It is compatible in lakes and ponds with all species and works especially well with Hybrid Sunfish and Largemouth Bass.
Stocking rate: 150 per acre, 4-6 inch fish per acre.


The Largemouth Bass is one of the most popular sport fish in America. It is a predator and works well to help control bluegill and crappie populations.
Stocking rate: 50 per acre, 2-3 inch fish.

Crossing a male Bluegill with a female Green Sunfish produces the Hybrid sunfish. This hybrid cross produces a 90% male and 10% female population. This makes a Hybrid Sunfish an excellent pond fish as it will not over populate. It also accepts artificial feed readily and grows to a much larger size then either parent; 1 to 2 pound fish are not uncommon.
Stocking rate: 250 per acre, 1-2 inch fish.

The redear sunfish is a rather thin and deep-bodied sunfish. It does well in deeper ponds with aquatic vegetations. Its fondness for mollusks has given it the common name of shellcraker in the southern states.
Stocking rate: 250 per acre, 1-2 inch fish.


The Bluegill is a thin and much compressed sunfish, of bluish or yellow-green color. It does very well in ponds where it is quite prolific. Largemouth Bass should already be present or stocked to control Bluegill populations.
Stocking rate: 250 per acre 1-2 inch fish.

The Black Crappie does well in clear vegetated lakes or ponds. It feeds largely on small fish as an adult but still relies heavily on insects and crustaceans. This species is extremely prolific; a female may produce from 10,000 to 180,000 eggs. Largemouth Bass should already be present or stocked to control their populations. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR SMALL PONDS.
Stocking rate: 100 per acre, 1-2 inch fish.

Fathead Minnows should be stocked in new ponds. They should be stocked prior to stocking Largemouth Bass so they have an opportunity to spawn and provide plenty of feed for the young bass.
Stocking rate: 5 lbs. per acre.

The Triploid Grass Carp is a viable alternative to using chemicals for weed control. This fish will not reproduce and when the proper numbers are stocked will reduce or eliminate the need for chemical control. Conservative stocking rates are always recommended, it is easier to add fish then to remove unwanted fish. Aquatic plants should not be totally eliminated because they are beneficial and a necessary part of ponds. They are important in producing oxygen and serve as escape areas for young fish. Stocking is not recommended at all if the pond has weed coverage of 20% or less at their peak growth.
Stocking rate: 5-10 per acre.

* Stocking rates are as issued by the private hatchery. The rates are for new ponds where you do not plan to feed your fish. Stocking rates for old ponds with existing fish populations will differ, contact the District office for more information.
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