There are many variables to consider when stocking your pond. This worksheet creates a starting point in creating a stocking plan. Of course, the key piece of data that is missing here, is knowing what your pond or lake’s current fish population is. We always recommend a pond audit with electrofishing to inform stocking decisions. Certain combinations of fish sizes and species work well, while others do not. If you’re unsure about which fish to stock, at minimum, we recommend a phone conversation.
Water clarity, vegetation, cover, and depth all factor into your pond stocking. The clearer your water the lower your fish reproduction will be due to predator fish having better visibility. Vegetation is very important to your pond; 10-20% vegetation is ideal because it gives prey fish a place to hide and multiply without making fishing a hassle.