PREBLE COUNTY — This past winter caused catastrophic fish kills in many local ponds, wiping out entire fish populations in some cases. To assist landowners with their restocking efforts, the Preble Soil and Water Conservation District is once again holding a Fall Fish Sale, now through Sept. 19.
Fingerling-sized Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Hybrid Bluegill, Redear Shellcracker, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, and Channel Catfish may be purchased for pond stocking. Black Fathead Minnows and White Amur will also be offered for sale.
White Amur, often called grass carp, are sometimes stocked as a biological method for controlling weeds. Even though they are a member of the minnow family, they have the potential to become quite large. As they grow, they develop a ferocious appetite for certain types of submerged aquatic vegetation, which is why they are effective in ponds. However, they are not effective for controlling algae and generally work best along with other means of weed control.
When stocking a pond, remember the number and type of fish stocked will affect one’s success. Maintaining the proper balance of species is the key. The Preble Soil and Water Conservation District can assist you with questions on stocking a pond. To receive an order form, contact the office and one will be mailed, or prepared for pickup. For more information, visit the website or call the office at 937- 456-5159.