If your pond or lake is 1/4 acre or larger and in Wisconsin or Illinois, we can make fish stocking recommendations for you!
Keystone Hatcheries is located in the Midwest, and because of great differences in fish populations and environmental conditions around the country, we only advise on fish stockings in our area, which is Wisconsin and Illinois.
Also, we can only make quality recommendations if we have a decent idea of what actually is or is not in the pond. For instance, if you are catching panfish, but are unsure if they are Bluegill, Hybrid Sunfish, Green Sunfish or something else, then we are not ready to make recommendations. The true identity of the species is critical for developing an effective stocking plan. If you are not 100% certain about a species identity, you should email pictures to us to identify.
Finally, if you do not know what is in your pond, then we really cant make recommendations. Options are, do a bunch of fishing and send us pictures of your results, hire a company to do a survey (expensive) or stock it like it is empty (this can be counter productive).
To receive a recommendation, please send answers to all of the following questions to email@example.com.:
- Your name, address, phone and email.
- Pond/lake address, if different
- Approximate Surface Acres (go to Pond Calculator for help)
- Maximum and Average Depth (Average is usually 1/2 of Maximum, unless the bottom shape is unusual)
- Are there any fish in the pond/lake? If yes, tell us a little about what species are present, what their size range is and what their general abundance is
- Are there any fish species that you want or don’t want?
- What are your goals for the pond/lake? For example, do you want to be able to catch and keep fish, catch and release, or just have for wildlife?
Our recommendations are based on years of experience, but there is always variability that can lead to unpredictable results. Because of this and the very dynamic nature of aquatic environments in general, Keystone Hatcheries will accept no responsibility and/or liability for any issue that may arise with the fish populations.
Please keep in mind that this is not a scientific survey, and any projects that will have major implications should be based on more complete information, such as sampling and shocking data. Also, it is our policy to not give stocking recommendations for public lakes that are managed by the DNR.