Stocking Your Pond
Choosing the right species for your pond.
A reliable fish stocker wants your fish to do well when they are in your pond. Taking the time to observe your pond and prepare the answers to these questions will help you and the fish grower make the best decisions.
- How deep is the water?
- What is the water temperature in July at the surface and the bottom?
- Is the pond depth consistent?
- Does the water turn green or brown in the summer?
- What is the pH of the water?
- What is your water source?
Choosing the right species to match your water conditions will get you off to the best start.
Some conditions of a pond can be monitored and changed, but others are permanent. Fish do better when the conditions meet their needs.
The popular fish in New England is trout. Generally, trout do best in cold ponds where the temperature remains below 68 degrees, at least in the deeprer sections. For winter survival, depth must be enough for adequate water and oxygen under the thick ice.
For warm or shallow ponds, consider native bull head, crayfish, bass or other sportfish to provide food and family fun. Golden shiners can bake a sparkling accent to your exotic water garden.
Stocking a pond adds many pleasures to your property.
Your pond can be stocked with fish to provide food for the family, for the recreation of fishing, or to improve the balance of organisms in the pond.
People are often surprised to learn that their fish will respond to a regular feeding schedule. Observing their habits can become an interesting hobby.
The attention and time spent caring for your fish will improve the overall quality of your pond, extending its life and value.
For assistance in evaluating your site, you can contact UNH Cooperative Extension, J-J Newman, in Durham, NH at (603)-749-1565.
We are pleased to offer this list of NH fish raisers who are members of NHAA and hold Aquaculture Licenses
issued by the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game.
Cold Water Species
|Hy-On-A-Hill Trout Farm, Inc.
PO Box 308
Plainfield, NH 03781
Rainbow and Brook Trout
||Sumner Brook Fish Farm|
Contact: Richard Prunier
277 Route 16
Ossippee, NH 03864
Rainbow , Brown and Brook Trout
Warm Water Species
|Hillsborough Trout Farm
186 Old Henniker Road
Hillsboro, NH 03244
Crawfish, Largemouth Bass, Golden Shiners
| ||Poling Aquaculture
PO Box 191
Hillsboro, NH 03244
Brown Bullhead, Crawfish, Bluegill, Bass
Pond Harvesting service, Pond Rehabilitation Service