Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District is now taking orders for its Spring Fishpond Stocking Sale. 4”-5” Japanese Koi, 6”-8” Japanese Koi, 4”-6” Channel Catfish, 3”-4” Largemouth Bass, 2”-3” Perch and 9”-12” Triploid Grass Carp are available for purchase. Recommended stocking rates are 25 Channel Catfish, 25 Largemouth Bass and/or 25 Perch per 1/4 to 1/2 acre of pond surface area.

The minimum order for game fish is 25. Please note that there are limited quantities of Largemouth Bass and Perch available.

Select the blue/green button above to download an order form. Additional downloadable documents can be found at the end of this webpage.

The order deadline is May 10th and order distribution is anticipated to take place the third or fourth week of May at the Frank W Bratt Agricultural Center located at 3542 Turner Road in Jamestown, New York. All who make a purchase will receive a sales receipt, curbside pick-up instructions and fish transportation instructions via USPS mail prior to pick-up. Set COVID-19 safety measures will be in place to minimize personal contact at fish distribution.

Sale updates are regularly posted on the Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District Facebook page. Like and follow us on Facebook to receive sale updates and learn more about the District.

HOW TO OBTAIN FISH FOR YOUR POND

Farm Fishpond License/Grass Carp Permit 

The Farm Fishpond License allows the licensee, their immediate family, and their employees to take fish at any time, in any size, in any number, and in any manner as stipulated in their individual license. The Farm Fishpond License also serves as a stocking permit, eliminating the need to obtain a separate Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) fish stocking permit which is required to stock fish into any waters of the state. The Farm Fishpond License is free and is good for five years.

You can download an application below or by selecting: https://soilwater.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Farm-Fish-Pond-Application.pdf. Additional information about the Farm Fishpond License can be found by visiting the DEC’s website at https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/25013.html

 

To stock grass carp in a pond in the State of New York you must apply for a Grass Carp Permit from the DEC.  You can download an application below or by selecting: https://soilwater.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/grasscarppermitappl.pdf. Additional information about grass carp permits can be found by visiting the DEC’s website at https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/25024.html

To apply for the permit, you will need to know the size of your pond in acres, depths, fish species, water sources, and identify the plant species in the pond. Ideally, aquatic weeds should be identified in the summer months when weed densities are high. When the application has been completed it must be returned to the DEC for processing. The DEC will determine the maximum number of grass carp that can be stocked into your pond from the information provided on the application form. The DEC will include a list of grass carp providers when a permit is issued. If you have difficulty filing out your grass carp permit application, please refer to our “How To Fill Out Your Grass Carp Permit” document that can be downloaded below or by selecting this link:  https://soilwater.org/wp-content/uploads/Filling-Out-Your-Grass-Carp-Permit-Application.pdf

If you are uncertain about identifying the weeds in your pond, download the Pondweed Identifier below or by selecting this link: https://soilwater.org/wp-content/uploads/Pond-Weed-Identifier-2020.pdf. Print the identifier in color and compare it to the vegetation in your pond.

If you have any Grass Carp Permit Application related questions, please call Jim Zanett, Sr. Fish and Wildlife Technician at (716) 379-6372

Return completed Farm Fishpond License Applications and Grass Carp Permit Applications to:

 NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Reg. 9

Bureau of Fisheries, Attn: Jim Zanett

182 East Union Street

Allegany, NY 14706

Sale updates are regularly posted on the Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District Facebook page. Like and follow us on Facebook to receive sale updates and learn more about the District.