Stocking Fish

Each State has regulations designed to protect and enhance its indigenous fish populations and aquatic environment. Various species allowed in one state may be prohibited by another. Before a comprehensive stocking recommendation can be produced, it is imperative we review state and local regulations. P.K. Gills maintains close communication with the regulatory authorities in a number of states. We provide all licenses and permits necessary to implement our biological control programs and can assist with requirements such as the installation of fish control grates.

Fish Control Gate – click to enlarge

Various states require health certificates verifying the fish were raised in a disease-free environment. Those transporting live fish may be required to maintain a transportation license. Agencies such as The Game and Fish, or The Department of Agriculture are normally charged with overseeing such requirements.

Our stocking recommendations are based on first hand experience over many years. We occasionally read scientific studies that would, on the surface, refute our recommendations. For example, studies indicate White Amur stocked at 25 fish per surface acre provides adequate weed control. On further examination the study was completed in the eastern United States in lakes with moderate weed growth and undefined water clarity. The suggested rate would be inadequate to manage weeds in most Southwestern desert lakes. The climate, environmental variations, and water quality are important and often overlooked as a factor in the research or when making regional comparisons.

Weeds can provide habitat and safety for younger fish and removing all weeds may not be desirable unless alternative fish structures are provided. Many factors must be considered to build a sustainable fishery and water quality management plan.

Check the local regulations in your state: