Originally Posted by Mtn Margie
Definitely not free. The brown trout are expensive but they grow well up here. I would get an estimate from your local fish hatchery and see what they recommend.
good morning Margie.
Originally Posted by OrganicFarmWife
We may do that sometime. We stocked with bass, bluegill and minnows (native, grow well) but at this point the only thing in that dam are small bass now. They do not grow to legal length.
research what you want to do with your fish. do you jsut want them to grow out and then use a a food source, or do you want sustainable.
bass are fun to fish for and to catch, but not the best to use as a food source, and it takes intensive management to get good size on them.
I always hated stocking perch, since every decent size body of water will always wind up with perch, since the shoreline birds invariably bring in fish eggs.
minnows are good to use for food for your fish stock tho. especially when you first stock you pond.
My FIL over stocked his pond with hybrid catfish, and is see slow growth rates as well. Downside for him, is that his pond won't be sustainable with hybrids. But even stocking any variety of catfish also takes management, otherwise your stocked fish, will eat them selves up, if you never harvest them.