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SWCD selling fish for ponds

4/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

CUYAHOGA FALLS — This spring, the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) fish sale features largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, fathead minnows and white amur.

The following fish are for sale: 2- to 4-inch largemouth bass at 90 cents each, 4- to 6-inch channel catfish and 3- to 5-inch bluegill at 80 cents each, 8- to 14-inch white amur at $13 each and fathead minnows at $7 per 100.

The fish will be available for pick-up April 25 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Summit SWCD office, 2525 State Road.

Those picking up their fish are asked to bring 5-10 gallons of water from their pond for each 100 fish ordered. The white amur require 2 gallons of water for each fish ordered. A covered container lined with plastic (a clean garbage can, for example) will keep the fish contained until arriving home. Do not use city or well water to transport the fish.

The largemouth bass, channel catfish and bluegill are the recommended species for stocking Northeast Ohio lakes and ponds. The minnows, alternate food for largemouth bass, are stocked at a rate of 1,000 per acre and will be sold only in lots of 100 fish.

The white amur, or grass carp, are members of the minnow family reported to attain weights in excess of 50 pounds and to live up to 15 years. These fish are useful for vegetation control. According to SWCD officials, leafy, rooted aquatic plants, such as pondweed and coontail, are the preferred food of white amur. Lacking these, they may consume floating duckweed, and even cattails. The white amur offered in this sale are sterile triploids that cannot reproduce.

Type and quantity of vegetation are important factors to consider when deciding whether or not to stock triploid white amur and how many to stock, according to SWCD officials. It is important to not overstock these fish, as some aquatic weeds in a pond are desirable for oxygen production and fish habitat.

For details, call the Summit SWCD office at 330-929-2871, ext. 10. To order fish, include payment with the order and make the check payable and mail to the Summit SWCD, 2525 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223. The deadline for ordering is tomorrow, April 19. Order forms are available at www.summitswcd.org.

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