Fish Stocking & Electrofishing Surveys
FISH STOCKING is typically done in the early Spring and late Fall. Water temperature plays a key role as all fish tend to experience some level of stress during transportation, and warmer water will increase that level of stress. Cooler water helps the fish recover much faster, and thus making them less susceptible to bacterial and viral diseases.
We offer many different programs that are tailored to your body of water and recreational needs. Contact us today to learn more!
Grass Carp/White Amur (Ctenopharyngodo idella)
Stocking grass carp provides the best long term solution in controlling weeds. They eat up to 5 times their body weight in one day. However, they have very little impact on filamentous algae, duckweed, and watermeal.
Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)
Known as bream to many, they are the backbone of forage production for largemouth bass ponds. Bluegill are very prolific, reproducing multiple times a season (3-5 times/year). This provides largemouth bass with a large quantity of food while still allowing themselves to sustain a healthy thriving population.
Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)
Channel Catfish provide a great game fish for children and novice fishermen while diversifying the fishing options in the lake. Channel catfish cannot reproduce successfully in the presence of bass and remain on the bottom of the pond occupying a different ecological niche.
Fathead Minnows (Pimephales promelas)
Fathead minnows provide an excellent forage species for young, newly stocked bass, and help reduce feeding pressure on the bluegill from the bass. Fathead minnows will reproduce at a high rate, but will become almost non-existent after a year or so due to predation from the bass.
Hybrid Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)
This fish is the number one stocked sport fish today. The Hybrid Bluegill is crossed between a male bluegill and female green sunfish. This particular cross produces a fish with the large mouth of the sunfish and the aggressiveness of the bluegill, which enables the fish to grow faster and larger than common bream.
Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides)
Largemouth bass are the preferred game fish in the U.S. providing exciting fishing for anglers. They eat just about anything that they can fit into their mouths making it the top end predator in most ponds. Largemouth bass begin to spawn when the water temperature reaches 63-68°F, normally once a year in the early spring before bluegill begin to spawn.
Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
Rainbow trout provide a good game fish for children and novice fishermen. Rainbow trout are aggressive fish that bite well during the cooler months of the year when other fish are not as active and survive temperatures up to 74ºF.
Redear Sunfish (Lepomis microlophus)
Also known as bream, they occupy a different ecological niche than bluegill, improving the utilization of the ponds natural productivity. Redear Sunfish eat snails along with other invertebrates present in the pond and reduce the incidence of some fish parasites (i.e., grubs, flatworms) that use a snail as a intermediate host. They are a favorite prey fish for bass. They grow larger than bluegill, but they are not as prolific, since they reproduce only once per year.
Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens)
Yellow perch are a popular sport fish, prized by both recreational anglers and commercial fishermen for their delicious, mild flavor. Yellow perch spawn once a year in spring using large schools and shallow areas of a lake or low-current tributary streams.
Whether you are a new lake owner or your fish just need a check-up, a fish survey may be worth your investment. While using the Electrofishing technique, your fish will only be stunned momentarily while we will collect samples of the population, assess species abundance, health, weight, measurements, and evaluate for any diseases.
During this survey, AQUA DOC will also collect data on common species, their pattern of development and the strength of the body of water’s food chain, removing any undesirable fish. All remaining fish will be released back to your waters unharmed and with no side effects.
While collecting this data a water quality analysis will also be conducted for several important parameters such as, Dissolved Oxygen, PH, Alkalinity, and Visibility. A sample will be sent to a lab for standard testing and a comprehensive report will be completed and discussed for future management planning and goals for your lake.
Additional Services Upon Request
- Age/Growth Study: The otolith (ear-bone) will be removed from an adequate sample size of fish to determine the age of the fish. The ages of the fish along with length and weights will be submitted to provide valuable insight into their growth rate and potential.
- Necropsy: All fish will visually be observed for external parasites. In addition to this we will exam the guts of sacrificed fish for the presence or absence of parasite, intestinal worms, flukes, etc. If fish show poor body condition this may provide us some answers on the current condition of the fishery.
- Fish Tagging: We will tag up to 50 bass with numbered tags to track growth of those fish. All data (tag number, weight and length) will be submitted in the report to monitor their growth.