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Pond Management: Fish Stocking Tables

Table 1: Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, and Channel Catfish Fingerlings

Species Number per Acre Minimum Size (inches) Time of Year to Stock
Bluegill1 350 1 August or September
Redear2 150 1 August or September
Channel Catfish 50 2 August or September
Largemouth Bass 50 2 The following June (after the sunfish are stocked)
Largemouth Bass 50 2 1 year after bass are first stocked
  1. Bluegill can be stocked alone at 500 per acre if redear are not wanted for diversity.
  2. Be sure you are being sold redear, not pumpkinseed (sometimes called redgill sunfish)

Table 2: Largemouth Bass and Sunfish Adults

Species Number Per Acre Minimum Size (inches) Time of Year to Stock
Bluegill3 70 3 April
Redear 30 3 April
Largemouth Bass 20 12 April
Fathead Minnows 500 1 April
  1. Bluegill can be stocked at 100 per acre if redear are not wanted for diversity.

Table 3: Channel Catfish Fingerlings

Species Number per Acre Minimum Size (inches) Time of Year to Stock
Channel Catfish 100 2 Summer

Table 4: Trout

Species Number per Acre Minimum Size (inches) Time of Year to Stock
Rainbow Trout 100 greater than 8 when water temperature is below 70°F
Rainbow Trout 200 less than 8 when water temperature is below 70°F