Pond Stocking

How many fish should you stock in your pond?


We recommend a combination of different types of fish to keep your pond in balance. If only one type of fish is stocked, like only bluegill, the fish will overpopulate the pond and be very small. By stocking bluegill with largemouth bass, black crappie, and channel catfish, the predatory fish like the largemouth bass and black crappie will keep the bluegill population in check and you will have fewer larger bluegill and very nice size largemouth bass.


We recommend 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth bass, and 50 channel catfish for each surface acre of pond. Black crappie can be subsituted for the bluegill or channel catfish. Or, a stocking stocking rate of 1 largemouth bass, 1 black crappie , 1 channel catfish to each bluegill will work as well.


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