Pond owners still have an opportunity to stock their ponds with fish through a convenient and low-cost program until Friday, Sept. 28. The fish are supplied by Fender’s Fish Hatchery, Baltic, Ohio. Their tank truck, with aerator, will distribute the ordered fish on Thursday, Oct. 6, in the afternoon. Fish available are bluegill, channel catfish, fathead minnows, largemouth bass, redear sunfish and white amur.
White amur (more commonly known as grass carp) are members of the minnow family and are reported to attain weights in excess of 100 pounds and to live up to 15 years. They bear little resemblance to the common carp. Although cultured in Asia as a source of food, the sterile White Amur is primarily used in the United States to control aquatic vegetation. Leafy, rooted aquatic plants, such as pondweed and coontail, are the preferred food of these fish. Lacking these, they will consume floating duckweed, green algae and even cattails.
All fish must be pre-ordered and pre-paid. To receive an order form, call 419-898-1595 or stop in at 240 W. Lake Street, Oak Harbor.