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SWCD selling fish for ponds

4/10/2014 - 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 and fathead minnows.

For an order form and prices, visit www.summitswcd.org and click on “2014 Fish Program” on the left side of the page.

The pre-ordered fish will be available for pick up April 28 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Summit SWCD Office, 2525 State Road. The fish truck will be parked in the adjacent Community of Believers Church parking lot. Customers are asked to pull behind the buildings to pick up their fish.

Orders must be picked up during the specified time. Customers should bring approximately 5 to 10 gallons of water from their pond for each 100 small fish ordered. A container with a cover (a clean garbage can, for example) will keep the fish contained until arriving home. Containers should be lined with a clean, plastic bag. Do not bring city or well water.

The largemouth bass, channel catfish and bluegill are the recommended species for stocking Northeast Ohio lakes and ponds, according to SWCD officials, who add all three provide excellent fishing and eating. Largemouth bass feed almost exclusively on other fish. A forage species such as the bluegill or minnows should be stocked as a food source.  

Residents should stock only the recommended species in the proper ratio (100 bass, 500 bluegills and 100 catfish per surface acre of water). The fathead minnows are stocked at a rate of 1,000 per acre and will only be sold in lots of 100 fish. Do not add fish from other ponds or streams. Undesirable fish such as carp, crappies and yellow perch can upset the balance in a pond, competing with more desirable fish for food and space, according to SWCD officials, who add that once these undesirable fish become established, they are difficult to remove.

For general information about fish stocking, call the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife Office at 330-644-2293.

Fish should be delivered immediately to the pond. Customers should be sure the water temperature in the container and pond are the same. This can be accomplished by placing the hauling container in the pond or by gradually adding pond water to the container until the temperature is the same. 

For more information, call the district office at 330-929-2871.

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