Game Fish Stocking
Yellow Perch are a popular choice for lakes and ponds because of their outstanding table performance. Care must be taken when stocking perch as they tend to over-populate and stunt easily. They are best suited to large lakes with predators like walleye or to â€œperch pondsâ€? that will be managed fairly intensely to maintain a healthy population level. Generally stocking 100-200 per surface acre is acceptable. Walleye are a popular game fish that is native to Michigan. Walleye are best suited to large, deep bodies of water that remain fairly cool. They are voracious predators and require a very robust forage base of minnows, bass, perch, and bluegills to thrive. Walleye stocking densities must be quite light, not more than 25 per surface acre. Well-aerated ponds may be able to hold walleye, but forage may be difficult to maintain in small waters. Minimum order of 100, advance order and deposit required on walleye orders. Seasonal availability. Channel Catfish are omnivores that can add some variety to your pond. Prized as a sport fish and table fare in many areas of the country, the channel cat can be a welcome addition to your pond. Because catfish tend to stir up the bottom of a pond, we recommend stocking 50-100 per surface acre for most ponds. If your goal is a catfish pond, stock fertile water with up to 200 per surface acre. Fathead Minnows are an economical forage species to add to almost any pond or lake. These small forage fish spawn prolifically, usually reproducing several times during the summer if conditions are right. Placing any type of woody structure in shallow water will improve their spawning success. Generally stocking 24-40 pounds per surface acre will establish a population, stock up to 100 pound per acre if you have a large number of bass, or other established predator population. Northern Pike are a large predatory fish native to Michigan that should be stocked with great care. Mature pike can eat fish up to 18â€?, and even ducks and muskrats. Best suited for large bodies of water because small ponds generally cannot support the heavy forage requirements of pike. Stock at 2-4 fish per acre. Minimum order of 50, advance order and deposit required on northern pike orders. Seasonal availability. Muskellunge are a prized native species of predatory fish that should be stocked with great care. Best suited for large bodies of water because small ponds generally cannot support the heavy forage requirements of muskies. Stock at 1-2 fish per acre. Minimum order of 50, advance order and deposit required on muskellunge orders. Limited seasonal availability.