Loved by some and hated by others; the unpredictable nature of the Black Crappie is probably the cause of these mixed feelings. Female Black Crappie are able to generate 60,000 eggs/pound
The Bluegill is a favorite with kids and adults alike, and is probably the best-known member of the sunfish family. The only drawback with this species is its tendency to overpopulate.
This is the only native trout to Wisconsin and Illinois. It requires slightly cooler water than brown or rainbow trout, so it isn't the most popular. But most trout fishermen will tell you that it is their fav
Brown Trout are much sought after by anglers. It is an elusive fish, more difficult to catch than the Rainbow Trout. Commonly hiding out in the shade, this species can grow to large sizes
If you would like to add diversity to your pond without upsetting the natural balance, Channel Catfish is a safe stocking choice. Because their natural spawning habitat is hollowed-out riverbanks
The Fathead Minnow is the most affordable and durable of the forage species. We are able to stock them in all but the hottest temperatures. It is a small prolific minnow that spawns from the
The Golden Shiner is the largest of the forage species, commonly growing up to over 5” in length. Spawning occurs from June to August over beds of submerged vegetation. The fish is known
The Hybrid Bluegill is a cross between a male Bluegill and a female Green Sunfish, and is sometimes referred to as a Hybrid Sunfish. As a result of the cross, the Hybrid Bluegill is ~80-90% male
The Largemouth Bass is one of the most sought after by anglers, and is also very well suited for stocking in most mid-western ponds. If Largemouth Bass fish are provided with an adequate food
The Muskellunge is a close relative of the Northern Pike and considered the ultimate prize fish for many fishermen. It prefers large lakes with both deep and shallow basins, along with
The Northern Pike is one of the largest gamefish in the Midwest. It feeds continuously through the day, which makes it popular with fishermen. This fish can eat fish up to 18 “ long, ducks and
The Pumpkinseed is a Panfish species closely related to the Redear Sunfish. Its brilliant coloration alone makes it a favorite of many fishermen, but it also yields tasty fillets that rival Bluegill
Rainbow Trout is a great fish to stock if you plan on ice fishing. Keep every trout you catch for dinner though (see our recipes section!), because they generally will not live through the summer.
The Redear Sunfish is a popular choice for pond stockings because it can grow to a large size, it tends not to overpopulate and it eats snails, which are the intermediate host of several fish parasite
The Rosy Red is essentially an orange-colored Fathead Minnow. This color variation occurs naturally, but rarely. Fish farmers in Arkansas have successfully bred a pure strain of these minnows.
Although the Smallmouth Bass is very popular with fishermen, it is not always the best choice for shallow lakes or ponds. This species requires cool water temperatures for good growth
Tiger Muskie: Northern Pike/Muskellunge hybrid The Tiger Muskie is commonly stocked in situations where reproduction is not wanted, because this fish is usually sterile. It grows faster in
What are Triploid Grass Carp? Triploid Grass Carp are reproductively sterile fish that feed on aquatic vegetation. They can grow to be very large (50+ pounds), and they will live for many
If you are concerned with introducing any unwanted species along with your minnows, you may want to consider stocking Tuffies: Farm-raised Fathead Minnows. Tuffies are slightly more expensive
Walleye generally prefer large, deep, cool open-water areas with rocky shoals and inlet streams. However, if conditions are right, a certain number of this fish can be maintained in smaller lakes
Table fare for the famous Wisconsin “Friday Night Fish Fry”, the Yellow Perch is considered by many the best eating of all fresh water fish, but unfortunately it’s pond reputation