The prices of our fish vary with the size, time of year and availability. We would be glad to give you a quote for the fish we raise. Our fish generally range from 1 inch to 14 inches (and occasionally larger!) depending on species. Just email us at email@example.com You can also check out the current price of our fingerling fish by going to our News and Events Page.
No - we do NOT ship fish.
There are two ways to pick up fish at our farm. For orders under $300 customers can attend one of our open days to the public. For more information on those days go to our News and Events Page. For orders over $300 customers can contact us to create an order and pick it up by special appointment Thursday - Friday in the morning. Fish picked up at our farm must be fingerling-size so they can be packed in oxygen-filled bags by us. Larger fish would have to be delivered unless you have an aerated transport tank.
No, we do NOT have tilapia or trout.
We do not have Sacramento perch at this time, and are unaware of any suppliers. We hope to raise them in the future.
It depends on the species that you have in your pond or lake. Given the opportunity, bass will absolutely eat smaller fish! Large catfish will also partake. We have found that catfish will not eat their younger counterparts. We recommend stocking your pond with fish that are close in size. If you do restock you pond with smaller fish it is a good idea to have vegetation or other cover for the fingerling fish to hide in. But expect some fingerling fish to be eaten! Also, if you have a good forage base (sunfish or bluegill) they will keep the existing bass busy.
No, we do NOT allow fishing at our farms.
Adding large-size bluegill to the pond will usually help. Some of the bluegill should survive being eaten by the bass and reproduce through the spring and summer to provide good forage for the existing bass. It usually takes one season to alleviate the problem.
Feeding a pond or lake, whether it is small or big, will enhance it's productivity. Check out our Pond and Lake Stocking section for a more detailed discussion on feeding fish artificial feed.
Not generally. During our days that are open to the public we will have some available for sale. Check out our News and Events Page. Otherwise, try your local feed store. If you live in the Sacramento area we recommend Sheldon Feed and Supply on Grant Line Road in Elk Grove.
There are several books available as well as online publications. We have a few suggestions on our Suggested Publications page.
Yes, if you handle them according to our recommendations. If you pick up fish at our facility we cannot guarantee fish hauled in homemade hauling rigs, garbage cans, etc. Also, we only ask that you be reasonable in your request. If, for instance, you purchase carp and they die, we’ll replace them at no charge. However, if you have an oxygen problem, improperly apply herbicides or have a situation that adversely affects all the fish in a pond, it is highly likely that it was not the quality of our fish. Our objective is customer satisfaction!
Not all fish feeds are the same. Bass and trout require higher protein fish meal based diets at 40 percent or higher. Catfish, bluegill and carp can exist on a vegetable based protein diet at 28 - 32 percent. Keep in mind that if you have bass in your pond the catfish and bluegill will consume the feed and will do fine on the higher protein diet.
Yes, but it may not be the best direction to take for your pond or lake. Muddy water help to minimize weed growth by filtering out sunlight. A possible alternative to clarifying the water is to "dye" the water with a product such as Aquashade. This product gives the water a beautiful appearance, while keeping the sunlight filter in place.
Freshwater Fish Company is available for a consultation fee to assist you in determining the feasibility of running a fish farm. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In general, it is advantageous to aerate a pond or lake that has been stocked with fish. Several factors enter into the determination of whether or not it is necessary. Go to the Pond and Lake Stocking section of this website for more information.
In California you need to contact California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Most wildlife species, birds in particular, are protected. Usually, you can get good advice on a legal remedy for your problem with a simple phone call. You should consider these issues before creating a pond that will attract animals that live nearby. Sometimes creating hiding places with vegetation for your fish and/or creating depth may alleviate some of your problems.