Interested in pond stocking this spring? Does your pond or lake need fish? Well, you’re in luck!! Stock My Pond fish truck visits Argyle Feed Store on Thursday, April 1st from 8:00am to 9:00am.
The truck will have Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie, BlueGill, Hybrid BlueGill, Red Ear Bream, Japanese Koi, and Fathead Minnows. Find out more details on their website. The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.
We recommend contacting Stock My Pond ahead of time for large orders and discounted prices. Call 501-676-3768 or go to stockmypond.com for more information. It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call.
Stay up to date with all the latest information by joining our Facebook Event Group and learn a little more about each fish type below, courtesy the Stock My Pond website:
Channel catfish, also known as spotted catfish, Northern catfish, lake catfish, Great Lakes catfish or fiddler, are appreciated for their food and sport value. These sleek, spotted fish cats are blueish greenish gray on their upper part, white below, and scaleless. They have long barbels around their mouth which help them be very resilient as bottom feeders, eating just about anything! They thrive in almost any condition.
Largemouth bass are typically olive green, with creamy yellowish bellies. This aggressive sport fish has a mouth is able to open exceptionally wide, earning it the nickname, “bucket-mouth.” They grow one-half to a full pound their first year, and grow one to 1½ pound each year thereafter. Growth rate depends upon several factors, most important being how many feeder fish – like minnows and bluegill – they have to feed on.
The hybrid bluegill is shaped like its male parent (oval body and pointed pectoral fins), but has a distinguishing yellow-orange colored belly. The popularity of this hybrid its large mouth, like a sunfish, coupled with bluegill aggressiveness, makes it a good feeder and excellent sport fish. Their aggressiveness makes them easy to catch, making them a good choice for new or shore-bound fishermen.
Black crappie is a silver and black-mottled sunfish which is a fun, easy catch for a young or new fisherman – and delicious! = Unlike white crappie, these black-spotted sunfish do not take over small ponds and lakes, and typically grow larger than the white crappie. Availability of black crappie is subject to seasonal climate conditions, as cooler temperatures are better for handling these fish.
Red Ear Bream
Red ear sunfish, also know as Shellcracker, Georgia Bream, Cherry Gill, Sunny, Sun Perch, Improved Bream, Government Bream, Rouge Ear Sunfish, and Chinquapin, look like bluegills, but the back part of their gill-covering has a red edging (male) or orange edging (female). As red ear bream are able to forage on snails and other hard-shelled organisms, they have a steady growth of about one-quarter pound per season, and typically reach five pounds or more at maturity.
The most common species of minnow sold as bait, the fathead minnow’s body is thick, its head blunt and black. Fathead minnows are a terrific starter forage, stock them to reproduce and they will support the first year’s growth of your game fish. They travel in schools, hide in brush, and will typically disappear within the first 18 months of stocking in clear ponds without much cover. Create a habitat for fathead minnows with sunken logs, pallets, etc., to give them protection and an area to spawn, grow and reproduce.
Coppernose Bluegill, native to the Florida peninsula, is a subspecies of the bluegill, are green or brown in color and very round-bodied. As Coppernose Bluegills are not picky eaters and exhibit aggressive feeding behaviors, they grow larger and faster than common bluegill without supplemental feeding and have even better growth when fed pellets. Coppernose Bluegill need warmer waters all throughout the year, more so than do the common bluegill.
Japanese Koi are ornamental fish, subspecies of the common carp, and the Japanese name for koi fish – Nishikigoi – actually means brocaded carp. This sub-species of fish were selectively bred for eye-catching patterns and vibrant colors, and considered to be a symbol of good luck and prosperity. They best thrive in good sized ponds with plenty of cover and an efficient filtering system. As koi are cold water fish, specific pond construction to accommodate their habitat needs is required.
See you April 1st for this Stock My Pond event!!!