Stocking Your Fish Pond

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Tips on stocking your fish pond.

Reprinted from Mechanix Illustrated.

Learn about stocking your fish pond for fun fishing and delicious pan-fried fish dinners.

I step right out my back door into a fisherman’s paradise.
It’s a small, homebuilt water hole so overflowing with
mouthwatering bluegills that I can take out as many as 30
to 40 at a time.

A home fish pond is easy to build because it needn’t be
fancy-fish aren’t fussy. Soon you have hours of relaxing fun as well as fresh, golden
panfish such as you’ve never tasted before.

My pond is simply a shallow, irregular saucer scooped out
by a tractor with a blade. No bulldozer is necessary. The
sides are lined with a 1-2-3 mix of concrete. A bed of sand
or gravel and steel reinforcing mesh is advisable in frost
areas. A drainpipe allows water to be drawn off and
replaced to keep the pond fresh. A tub of water lilies
provides cool shade for the fish on hot days.

Stocking your fish pond is easy. To stock the pond, fingerlings can be obtained
inexpensively at any state hatchery. I bought bluegills
because they multiply like crazy. In a small pond, some
extra food is required to supplement the natural
supply — about a pound of chopped liver a week. The
fish love it. U.S. Department of Agriculture Bulletin No.
1983 gives valuable information on raising fish in home
ponds.