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Stock My Pond Visits Crockett, TX

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
Jan
28
12:00 pm

Stock My Pond Visits Crockett, TXStock My Pond visits First Country Feed located in Crockett, TX.  The truck has channel cat, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, and fathead minnows.  Find out what type and size fish we offer on our website.   The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call.  Questions?  Call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768

First Country Feed
1200 W Goliad
Crockett, TX
936-544-2283

Considerations For Your Pond

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Considerations For Your PondIt’s important to take time to think about considerations for your pond. Once you have a properly functioning pond, it’s time to analyze the kinds of fish to stock.

Considerations include how many fish and what size, along with when and how to stock. The goal should be to stock the pond with the proper ratio of desirable fish. In addition, make sure that the food supply is proportional to the population, and make sure you are able to manage the size and growth of the fish through active fishing and harvesting.

Common stocking species:

  • Fathead Minnows – a 3” forage fish readily consumed by predatory species. Native to the eastern U.S., now widely found in the western U.S., too.
  • Golden Shiners – another forage fish, 10” maximum, native from Canada to Florida in the eastern U.S., now also widely stocked in the western U.S.
  • Bluegills – a forage and sport fish, to 12”, the primary prey of largemouth bass, and prolific spawners. Found nationwide, including Hawaii.
  • Redear Sunfish – a forage and sport fish, to 12”.  Preferred diet is crustaceans, snails, and other shelled animals; it does not readily accept pelleted food. Most common in southeastern U.S. ponds.
  • Channel Catfish – a sport and food fish, spawns are forage for bass. Omnivorous and accepts pelleted feed readily; can grow to 20 lbs or more. Prefers water in the 80° F range, but is found throughout the U.S.
  • Blue Catfish – A large (up to 100 lbs.) sport and food fish, found primarily in the southern U.S. Readily takes pelleted feed. A disadvantage in ponds – consumes any other species of fish, including largemouth bass.
  • Largemouth Bass – primarily a sport fish, over 25” and 10 lbs. Ravenous predatory feeder, will eat anything that fits in its mouth. Found throughout the U.S.
  • Rainbow Trout – a sport fish, may exceed 15 lbs. Water must not exceed 70° F and contain 6 ppm D.O.  Many ponds are suitable only in winter; other suitable ponds are found throughout the U.S. Consult your DNR or a professional pond manager before stocking.
  • Grass Carp or White Amur – good for weed control and possibly food. May eat its weight in aquatic plants each day, reaching 50 lbs or more in just a few years. Its environmental impact is tremendous; illegal or tightly regulated in many areas; consult DNR before stocking.

Not recommended for recreational ponds:

For a variety of reasons – ranging from their size (too small or too large), a tendency to overpopulate, too the need for intensive management – the following fish are not recommended for recreational ponds. They should be stocked only in ponds with specific purposes or those under the care of a professional fisheries biologist.

  • Yellow Perch
  • Walleye Pike
  • Hybrid Striped Bass
  • Sunfish Species
  • Flathead
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Shad
  • Carp

Where to obtain fish for pond stocking?

Some states will provide fish for stocking private ponds. Call your local DNR to find out if your state is one that does. Otherwise, your DNR or your local pond management consultant can recommend reputable fish suppliers in your area.

After you have successfully stocked your pond, continuous pond management and maintenance can ensure a healthy environment for your fish to thrive. Take these considerations for your pond and make the most of your environment!

Proper Nutrition for Game Fish

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Proper Nutrition for Game FishAre you wondering how to achieve proper nutrition for game fish? There are a few factors to consider. One of the most valuable tips to implement is having “forage” fish available. These are small minnows, bluegill, or catfish. They will provide food for your larger game fish such as bass and trout. Want to learn more of the basics? Continue reading below!

Supplemental Feeding:

  • Provides a constant food source
  • Contributes to a higher ratio of food to weight gain
  • Attracts forage fish to a larger body of water
  • Supplies nutrients to the water which grows phytoplankton
  • Resistance to disease
  • Try a floating rotation

When to Feed:

The best approach is to develop a daily schedule. Fish get used to you feeding them in the morning and evening. If you can’t commit to twice a day, scattered feeding is still better than nothing. If you want consistency in your fish, give them the same in a routine.

Where to Feed:

Choose a location from a dock or the bank where the feed can be broadcast over deep water and hand feed from the same place each time. Automatic feeders are a consistent go-to and provide great results. Also, consider trying a feeding ring. This will help introduce pellets to your fish population.

How Much to Feed:

  • Stocking rate – One station for every 10 acres of the surface area is adequate.
  • Pond fertility – very fertile ponds with high levels of phytoplankton often have high levels of natural food, decreasing the amount of supplemental feed required.
  • Water temperature – catfish, bluegills, and minnows will surface-feed when the temperature is between 55°F and 85°F, with peak activity occurring at about 80°F.

Purina offers more details to help further the development of your pond. To learn more about proper nutrition for game fish, click here.

Harvesting Creates Balance

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Harvesting Creates BalanceAs most of our fish customers know, harvesting creates balance. Giving special attention to bass and bluegills, we’ve got some great information to share! Harvesting helps maintain the pond and its population. Purina has released some helpful suggestions that will aid you in creating a thriving environment for your fish. Check them out below!

Recommendations:

The size of the fish you wish to harvest is entirely up to you. If you’re managing for good all-around fishing, you can harvest the following recommended number of pounds of good eating-size fish:

  • Bass- Fertile and Fed Ponds-25
  • Bass- Infertile Ponds- 10
  • Bluegills- Fertile and Fed Ponds- 200 or less
  • Bluegills- Infertile Ponds- 100 or less

Enhancement Strategies:

Play an active role in enhancing the quality of fishing in your pond by utilizing the following strategies:

  • Feed your fish
  • Install fish attractors – these supply cover and protection for fish, provide a substrate for aquatic invertebrates, and concentrate fish for better fishing.
  • Aerate and destratify – mix the water to prevent dead areas from forming in your pond. It can make your pond more productive, eliminates pond turnover, and can prevent fish kills due to oxygen depletion.

The overall goal is to have a self-sustaining pond that produces healthy fish. Purina suggests you keep records of your catch and harvest to compare during different seasons. One specific target to aim for is to have both species in equal harmony. A variety of other species typically don’t stay in balance despite management efforts. Simply restock each year to avoid issues.

For more information on stocking strategies, contact your local Purina Animal Nutrition representative or visit our website. Stay tuned for more pond stocking dates coming soon! We hope you learned a little bit more about how harvesting creates balance.

To view the entire article, see here.

Pond Stocking in Kiln, Mississippi

Monday, September 2nd, 2019
Sep ’19
20
10:00 am

Pond Stocking in Kiln, MississippiWho’s ready for some pond stocking in Kiln, Mississippi? Stock My Pond visits Kiln, Mississippi at Dixieland Home Farm & Garden. The truck will have channel cat, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, fathead minnows, and grass carp. Find out more on our website.   The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call.  Questions?  Call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768.

Dixieland Home Farm & Garden
21330 HWY 603
Kiln, Mississippi
(228) 255-4790

Fish Truck in Clinton, Arkansas

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019
Sep ’19
14
11:30 am

Fish Truck in Clinton, ArkansasStock My Pond visits  Co-Op in Clinton, AR.  The Fish Truck in Clinton will have channel cat, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, fathead minnows, and grass carp.  Find out more on our website.   The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call.  Do you have questions?  Call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768.

Tractor Supply Co.

210 Hwy 65 S
Clinton, Arkansas
(501) 745-8888

Stock My Pond visits Clifton, Texas

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
Sep ’19
13
10:00 am

Stock My Pond visits Clifton, TexasReady for pond stocking in Clifton, TX? Stock My Pond visits Clifton Feed & SVC. The truck will have channel cat, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, and fathead minnows.  Find out what type and size fish we offer on our website.   The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call.  Questions?  Call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768

Clifton Feed & SVC
203 East 5th St
Clifton, TX
Phone: 254-675-3416

Pond Stocking in Jacksboro, TX

Monday, August 19th, 2019
Oct ’19
10
10:30 am

Pond Stocking in Jacksboro, TXPond Stocking in Jacksboro, TX

Looking for Pond Stocking in Jacksboro, TX? Stock My Pond visits Thornton Feed Mill in Jacksboro, TX.  The truck will have channel cat, large mouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, and fathead minnows.  Find out what type and size fish we offer on our website.   The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call.  Questions?  Call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768.

Tractor Supply
125 Western Trail
Jacksboro, TX 76458
Phone: (940) 567-2785

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Pond Stocking in Argyle, Texas

Monday, August 19th, 2019
Sep ’19
5
4:00 pm

Pond Stocking in ArgylePond Stocking in Argyle, Texas

Looking for Pond Stocking in Argyle, Texas? Stock My Pond visits Argyle Feed in Argyle, Texas. The truck will have channel cat, large mouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, and fathead minnows.  Find out what type and size fish we offer on our website.   The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call.  Questions?  Call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768

Argyle Feed & Hardware

1832 E 407 map
Argyle, TX 76226

Contact Info

Phone: 940-241-2444

Pond Stocking in Camargo, Oklahoma

Thursday, August 15th, 2019
Aug ’19
23
10:00 am

Pond Stocking in Camargo, TexasLooking for pond stocking in Camargo, Oklahoma? Stock My Pond visits Quick Stop in Camargo, Oklahoma. The truck will have channel cat, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, and fathead minnows.  Find out what type and size fish we offer on our website. The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call.  Questions?  Call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768.

Quick Stop
68775 Broadway Street
Camargo, OK
Phone: (580) 926-3330

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