Pond and Lake Fish Stocking Strategies


Keystone Hatcheries specializes with live fish stocking in Wisconsin and Illinois. Send us an email at info@keystonehatcheries.com to receive a Game Fish Price List, Availability List and Ordering Info (Only for Wisconsin and Illinois customers). We can send it to you via email, fax or regular mail. Unfortunately, because of restrictive State and Federal regulations, we do not ship fish outside of Illinois and Wisconsin at this time.

Fish Delivery and Pickup Options

  • Truck Delivery: Working together with Robinson Transport, we have a fleet of a dozen fish trucks that can deliver just about any size order.
  • Fish Pickup: We package fish in plastic bags with oxygen for you to pick up and transport to your pond. The bags are about 2 feet long by 1-1/2 foot wide and weigh roughly 25 pounds. Bags can be placed directly in vehicles if there are no sharp objects, or you can place in tubs, or for a small fee we can pack bags in cardboard boxes.

Fish Stocking Recommendations

We provide fish stocking strategies for initial stockings and for improving existing populations:

General Fish Stocking Recommendations: On this page we list basic stocking strategies for ponds in the upper Midwest.

Specific Fish Stocking Recommendations: We can make a stocking recommendation and give a quote if your pond or lake is in Wisconsin or Illinois.

Info on Fish Species

Below is a list of fish that we offer. Click on the Fish Species that you would like to learn more about. Basic biological and stocking information is provided.


Fish Species Sizes Available

Black Crappie 3-5”, 5-8”
Bluegill 2-3″, 3-5”, 5-7
Brook Trout (info coming soon!) 4-6″, 6-8″, 8-10″, 10-14″
Brown Trout 4-6″, 6-8″, 8-10″, 10-14″
Channel Catfish 4-6”, 6-8”, 8-12”, 14”+
Hybrid Bluegill 2-3″, 3-5”, 5-7”,
Largemouth Bass 2-4”, 5-8”, 10”+
Muskellunge 9-12”
Northern Pike 9-12”, 12″+
Pumpkinseeds 2-3″, 3-5”
Redear Sunfish 2-4″
Rainbow Trout 4-6″, 6-8″, 8-10″, 10-14″, 14″+
Smallmouth Bass 2-4”, 4-6″, 6-8″
Tiger Muskie 9-12″
Triploid Grass Carp 8-11”
Walleye 3-5″, 5-7”, 6-8″, 7-9”, 9-12”
Yellow Perch 3-5”, 5-7”, 7”+
Fathead Minnow
Golden Shiner
Rosy Reds (orange Tuffies)

Send us an email at info@keystonehatcheries.com to receive a Game Fish Price List, Availability List and Ordering Info (Only for Wisconsin and Illinois customers). We can send it to you via email, fax or regular mail. Unfortunately, because of restrictive State and Federal regulations, we do not ship fish outside of Illinois and Wisconsin at this time.

161 Responses to “Pond and Lake Fish Stocking Strategies”

  1. Jeanne Lerschen March 13, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    Can you send us a price list of your fish and information on starting a new pond. Thanks.

    • Mike Robinson March 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

      Sure can. Look for it in your email later today. Thanks!

    • Bary dudzo November 12, 2016 at 1:55 am #

      I’d like a price list and ordering info please,also I am using these fish for an aquaponics system so I was wondering how you treat your water or where it is sourced,Thank you.

      • Mike Robinson November 14, 2016 at 1:56 pm #

        All of our water is either from artesian springs or a well. No treatments necessary, other than aerating and stripping nitrogen. I will email you pricing and availability

  2. Jeanne Lerschen March 13, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    Hi, we already have the water but no fish. 1 and 1/4 acre. Do they make a solar aerator system?

  3. Tom O'Brien March 19, 2013 at 2:57 am #


    Can you send me a price list and spring sale info?


    • Mike Robinson March 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

      Sure will. Look for it in your email today!

  4. Marc Collins March 26, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    Looking for spring stocking price list as well. Thanks

    • Mike Robinson March 26, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

      We will send those out to you today.

  5. keith April 3, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    do you guys sell tadpoles?

    • Mike Robinson April 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

      Yes, sometimes. They are an incidental catch when we are harvesting our gamefish. If you are local, give a call or send us an email at info@keystonehatcheries.com in a couple weeks to see if we’ve gotten any yet.

  6. xu wu April 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    can you send me the price of the fishes. thank you!

    • Mike Robinson April 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

      Sure thing…look for it today!

  7. Scott Schumacher April 9, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    I was looking for a pricing list for fish.Can you email me one?

    • Mike Robinson April 15, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

      Yes, we will get that out now.

  8. Landon s April 16, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    Do you ever stock white, hybrid, or yellow striped bass

    • Mike Robinson April 17, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

      Twice we have bought a load of Hybrid Striped Bass with the intention of reselling them, and twice we lost 90% or more. The problem is that you need relatively warm water to handle them, and our water is relatively cold. Regarding White and Yellow Bass, I really am not certain why, but no one that I know raises them for stocking. I don’t think that they are well suited for ponds. They are more of a river fish.

  9. Jeff Becker April 17, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    Hi Mike. We have a 15 foot deep, 3/4 acre pond in the far South Suburbs of Chicago Metro Area, Illinois. Have Largemouth Bass and bluegills in the pond. However, have not restocked in many years and the Bluegills are getting noticeably smaller each year – which I read is due to lack of new fish stock. Could you send me a price list for these fish species and your suggestions for how many of each species we should add to our pond. Thanks. Jeff

    • Mike Robinson April 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

      Jeff, your message reminded me to write a blog post about Bluegill stunting. It was a slow day yesterday with the rain, so I took advantage of it. Click here for Bluegill Stunting Info, which is your problem. You don’t necessarily need to stock more fish.

  10. jan komperda April 25, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    can we have fish pricelist? thx

    • Mike Robinson April 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      It should be in your inbox.

  11. Justin Willms April 25, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Hi. Could you email a price list of both baitfish and gamefish? Thanks, Justin.

    • Mike Robinson April 26, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

      Just sent it.

  12. Larry Kulchawik April 26, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    I have a pond 50′ x 80′. Waterfall pump just went out- looking for someone who can fix. Worked on a timer for past twelve years.
    Rainwater with drain off colvert.
    Located in Libertyville area.

    Also, would like to add fish. suggestions?

    Had (12)koi last year but blue heron got em after six months.

    • Mike Robinson April 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

      I will email you a name of someone who can help you. For info on how many fish to put in your Koi pond, se this post: How Many Koi Will My Pond Hold

  13. Cheryl Partch April 28, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    Could you please email me a price list of your game fish?

    • Mike Robinson April 29, 2013 at 11:59 am #

      That should be in your inbox

  14. Cheryl Partch April 28, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Another question, would you have a pond liner 40 feet by 40 feet & if so what price would that be?

    • Mike Robinson April 29, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

      2 options for you. First, a 40×40 45mil EPDM liner goes for $1408. There is a discount when you buy a full roll, so a 40×50 is just $92 more at $1500.

  15. Steve Tomasik May 5, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Good Morning!

    I live in Kankakee county and am looking to stock a new pond just over an acre. Could you send me an availability and price list for game and bait species.

    Steve Tomasik

    • Mike Robinson May 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

      We just sent it out. FYI, we are starting to run low on many varieties of gamefish. We will have new stock in the fall, but if you want anything this spring, you should try to act quick.

  16. Mark Kaiser May 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Please email a price list of both baitfish and gamefish. Thanks, Mark.

    • Mike Robinson May 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      On it’s way!

  17. Bev May 14, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    Am I too late for stocking a pond this season? If we can still order, could you send us a price list? Thank you!

    • Mike Robinson May 16, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

      Getting late, but not too late! It is on its way.

  18. Angie May 20, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    Hi there- we are wanting to stock a new pond, could you please send us a price list and a recommendation on what kind to add first as we have some disagreement in this house as to what kind of fish to start with! :-) Thanks

    • Mike Robinson May 29, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

      This page lists stocking strategies and has options for all at once stockings vs multi-stage stockings. In general, it is best to stock minnows and pan fish in the spring and predators in the fall:
      General Fish Stocking Recommendations

      If you want personal recommendations, see this page for info on what we need to know before we make a recommendation:
      Fish Stocking Recommendations for You

      I will email you a price list.

  19. Kenny May 25, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    Please send me a price list for game fish and koi


    • Mike Robinson May 29, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

      on its way

  20. Brian Russow August 21, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    Price list for game fish this fall thank you.

    • Mike Robinson August 21, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

      Price and availability lists have been emailed to you.

  21. Nicholas Haunert August 29, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Could you send me the prices of the muskellunge?

    • Mike Robinson August 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

      I sure will. The bummer of the deal is that right now we don’t have any pure muskie. However, we are still working to locate some, so check back in a couple weeks.

  22. bj September 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    checking for a price list for this fall. our pond just got finished and it is about half full and was wondering if it would be a good idea to stock minnows this fall or wait until spring. it will be about 2.5 to 3 acres and max depth of 20 feet when full.

    • Mike Robinson September 10, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

      There is a big benefit to stocking minnows in spring, letting them reproduce, then stocking gamefish in the fall. There is almost no benefit to stocking minnows in the fall and gamefish in the spring. Your call…I will email you the price list!

  23. jacob September 28, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    can you send A PRICE LIST FOR THE FISH

    • Mike Robinson October 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

      I just emailed it off to you.

  24. Bob Edwards October 2, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    Can you send a price list for your fish?

    • Mike Robinson October 3, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

      Absolutely! It’s on its way.

  25. kyle November 29, 2013 at 12:50 am #

    Can I get a price list of game fish and bait fish?

    • Mike Robinson December 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

      Sure thing. We will email it to you. Keep in mind that this is 2013 pricing. We will make a note to email you the 2014 pricing as soon as it becomes available…probably in January.

  26. joe helsel December 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    could you send me a price guide on the fish please..

    • Mike Robinson December 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

      I sent you our 2013 pricing for a reference. I will email you our 2014 pricing as soon as it is available after the first of the year.

  27. Ralph weaver January 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    Could you please send me pricing on game fish and bait fish…thank you, ralph

    P.o. Box 685
    Erie, I’ll 61250

    • Mike Robinson January 6, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

      Yes, the 2014 version is almost ready. We will send it out soon.

  28. Fred Wolick January 23, 2014 at 5:10 am #

    Could you please send me a price list of your game fish and any information on how to setup a pond thank you

  29. Rodger Banning January 25, 2014 at 1:06 am #

    would like to have price list

    • Mike Robinson January 27, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

      It has been sent to your email.

  30. Jim R March 5, 2014 at 4:33 am #

    Could you send me a price guide? Thanks

    • Mike Robinson March 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

      It has been emailed. Please let us know if you have questions.

  31. Steven Robertson March 8, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    I have a new 3 acre lake, was planning on stocking it with fatheads, golden minnows, and redear this spring. Was toying with the idea to stock it with largemouth, hybrid stripers, pumpkinseed, and yellow perch, either in the fall or next spring. I would like to raise big largemouths, and have nice perch for the table. Do you think the bass and the fisherman will be able to keep the perch in check. Should I go with hybrid bluegill instead of redear. All stocking recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
    Also I would like a price list please. Thanks Steve

    • Mike Robinson March 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

      Hi Steve, I would not worry about perch taking off if you are going to stock largemouth and hybrid stripers. If they did take off you could stock walleye to control them, but I don’t think that would happen. Whether you stock redear or hybrid bluegill or something else depends on where you are and what you are trying to achieve. To receive a specific recommendation, please go to this page and email us the info requested. In the meantime, I will email you our fish price list.

  32. John horak March 21, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    Looking to stock an aquarium with game fish

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Please send me a price list.

    Thank you!

    • Mike Robinson March 29, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

      Hi John,

      You are welcome to buy fish from us for an aquarium if you are in Wisconsin or Illinois, but we do have minimum orders because we are set up for stocking ponds. I sent you a price list with the details.

  33. Rob March 29, 2014 at 9:31 pm #


    Could you please send a price list. Thanks

    • Mike Robinson April 1, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

      Sure will.

  34. Jim White April 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    Please send me a stocking price list for Blue Gill and Crappie.
    I am at Leisure Village in Fox Lake.

    • Mike Robinson April 9, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

      I just sent you an email with the price list. Just let me know what you are looking for and I will work up a quote for you.

  35. John Taulien April 11, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

    Can you send me your price list on available fish to stock our neighborhood pond? Thanks, JT

    • Mike Robinson April 14, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

      On its way via email.

  36. dan olson April 13, 2014 at 12:47 am #

    hi can i get a price list on your game fish please. thank you

    • Mike Robinson April 14, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

      On its way via email.

  37. harry dailey April 14, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    could you please email me a price list of the fish you have available. thank you.

    • Mike Robinson April 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

      On its way via email.

  38. Tom Caraker Jr April 27, 2014 at 11:04 pm #

    Price List and shipping cost to see il please. Have 1/2 acre pond needs help. Thanks

    • Mike Robinson April 30, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

      On its way via email.

  39. Tom Caraker Jr April 29, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    Price list and shipping info please. I have a half acre pond maybe 12-15 feet in the deepest part. Have had a terrible water meal problem but by addition of bacteria I think that is under control, time to restock. Bluegill, bass and cat is what I feel would be best? Your thoughts would be appreciated.

    • Mike Robinson April 30, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

      Clipper is the new product that works well on watermeal. It was previously only available in 5 lb container, but we now have it in 1 pound. That is not on our site yet, but you can call in to order it if interested.

      For specific fish stocking information please visit and email us the info.

  40. Shawn May 4, 2014 at 1:09 am #

    Please send me a price list for game fish and minnows please..

    • Mike Robinson May 15, 2014 at 11:21 am #

      Sent via email. Sorry for the slow reply…we are very backed up right now because of restocking the winter fish kills in our area.

  41. bill May 6, 2014 at 1:22 am #

    can you please send a current price list on your game fish, thanks bill

    • Mike Robinson May 15, 2014 at 11:24 am #

      sent via email

  42. Jeffrey Erwin May 7, 2014 at 3:45 am #

    Can you send me stocking and pricing information for a new pond (2 1/2 acres surface area) with maximum depth 20′ and average depth 8′ – 10′. Most interested in channel cat, largemouth and bluegill or red ear or both with fathead minnows for forage. Thanks

    • Mike Robinson May 15, 2014 at 11:31 am #

      On its way…unfortunately we are running low on some of the varieties because of heavy demand this spring. We can work with you though to develop a plan.

  43. Jim May 12, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    Can you please email me a price list with information on cost to ship via UPS to Naperville?

    • Jim May 14, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

      Can I get this list?

  44. Steve Bunkowske May 12, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    Please email game fish price list and ups shipping cost/information for 60109 illinois.


    • Mike Robinson May 15, 2014 at 11:41 am #

      Sent via email…once you get me the town name and a list of what you are interested in, I will get you a UPS estimate.

  45. tom cicardo May 18, 2014 at 1:52 am #

    my pond is 4yrs old, no fish taken out since you stocked it.
    i see bass about 8-10 inchs
    very little bluegill the pond is like 1 to 1 1/2 acreas.
    would like to harvest some fish this yr?
    the pond has been stocked last 2-3 yrs by you.
    with lg mought bass,sm mouth bass blugill,catfish, pearch, and walleye,etc, what size can i take from these diffrent fish and what should i leave in pond?
    thank you

  46. Rod Fancil May 23, 2014 at 2:05 am #

    I have a new pond that is approx. 1/3 acre. I would like to stock it soon, could you give me an estimate for the following + delivery to Danville,IL
    100 Bluegill 2-3″
    75 Channel Catfish 4-6″
    60 Redear Sunfish 1-2″
    25 Largemouth Bass 2-4″
    6-10 lbs of Fathead Minnows

    • Mike Robinson May 27, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

      $185 delivery to Vermillion county. Probably could not do until fall at this point. I will email info to you.

  47. Jack June 10, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    Hi i am looking to stock a small pond in Kildeer Illnios already have plenty of blue gill. looking to keep that population in control can you please send me a quote spread sheet of the bass. i will be able to make the pick up

    • Mike Robinson June 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

      Your email was bad on the first post. Price list has been sent again. Bass availability is limited, so there is a waiting list. Instructions are included with the price list.

  48. sonny June 11, 2014 at 12:56 am #

    We are wanting to buy some grass carp , would like to know your prices and availability.

    • Mike Robinson June 11, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

      I emailed prices. They become available again in the fall. Ordering deadline is October 1st, but I would recommend getting the order in by Labor Day. Ordering instructions are in the email.

  49. Anthony A. June 12, 2014 at 2:45 am #

    Looking to pickup Tiger Muskie for a fall stocking. Need only 4 or 6 fish. What’s the earliest they will be available and what’s the smallest size you will have? Thanks!

    • Mike Robinson June 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

      We don’t exactly know when they will become available…usually sometime between mid October and early November. Same with size…they vary from 8 inches up to 14 or so…some years 12 is the smallest.

  50. dennis kyser June 25, 2014 at 1:43 am #

    We have a 3 acre pond max dept 16 ft last year fishing was awesome. Then winter came and wiped them out 10 in bluegills and lots of bass. We are wanting to restock looking for prices on bluegills and bass, and some type of aeration also thanks

    • Mike Robinson June 25, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

      Fish prices and availability is on its way via email.

      For summer & winter aeration, go

      For just winter aeration, go

  51. david vance June 30, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    We had a fish kill on our lake 1.5-2 acres appx 6-20 ft deep due to all the ice and deep snow last winter . I need to get it restocked ASAP. Can you be of assistance ? How far are you from Secor, Il ? Cound you send me a price list on what species are available, cost and delivery charges ? Thanks David Vance

    • Mike Robinson July 3, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

      We can definitely help! Secor is about 160 miles from us. Delivery rates are listed by county in the price list that I will email to you.

  52. Steve zimmerman July 8, 2014 at 2:51 am #

    We had three of our 4 strip mine lakes winter kill this year near Galesburg,il we would like a price list and suggestions. One lake is 11 acres and had bass, bluegills, and crappie, one lake is 4 acres and had bass and bluegills, and the third lake is 5 acres and had bass and blue gills. Thanks

    • Mike Robinson July 23, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

      I emailed you pricing info. For detailed stocking recommendations, send the info listed on to us via email to the person I cc in the email that I send you.

  53. Bob Martin April 3, 2015 at 11:54 am #

    Hi there, we have a 5000g approx koi pond and was looking for some algae eaters for the bottom and rock walls. In the freshwater tanks Ive had in the past, I’ve always had pleco’s and catfish to eat up that detritus and other bottom junk, anything like that avail for my pond? Thanks and can’t wait to come see your place. Sounds amazing!!!

    • Mike Robinson April 6, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

      I have heard of some people using plecostomus in their Koi pond, but we can not legally sell them, so we don’t have any experience with that. Koi will graze on some algae, especially if you do not feed them every day. But Algae control usually comes down to proper filtration, prevention and treatments. Read more about it on our page.

  54. Joshua Pigeon April 15, 2015 at 7:18 pm #

    How much would it cost to ship a walleye and 3 perch about 225 miles from your Hatchery to Granite Falls, MN 56241

    • Mike Robinson April 16, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

      Sorry, but we only sell fish in Wisconsin and Illinois because of numerous state and federal restrictive regulations.

  55. Caleb April 25, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

    I would like to restock my parents pond near Roseville, Il. It is probably about a half acre and 12′ at the deepest point. He had largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel cat in there but a lot got killed a couple winters ago. I would like pricing for catfish, bluegill, and maybe some hybrid bluegill, as well as the cost to get them there. Thanks

    • Mike Robinson April 27, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

      If it is Warren County, the minimum cost of delivery is $199, depending on some things. Details are in the price list that we are sending you.

  56. Boyd Ballard May 2, 2015 at 7:59 pm #


    I have a 17 acre lake that had a fish kill a year and a half ago. I need largemouth bass; the bluegill and cats survived. I need any info you can give me; price, number to stock a lake that size, suggestions. I appreciate your help. Located in Mt. Olive Il.

    • Mike Robinson May 4, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

      If there are no bass at all, probably 1000 bass if it is a deep clean quarry type pond, or up to 1500 if it has lots of vegetation and bluegill reproduction. You can stock half this year and half next if it is more than you can do at once. Mount Olive is out of our normal stocking range, so delivery could be a little pricey. I emailed you some info.

  57. Beverly Mercer May 22, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

    Our pond is 115X85, we have already gotten 500 fathead minnows (a month ago) we are looking for Bluegills, channel catfish, and possibly perch, if they get along with the other 2..Could you send me a price list..Thank you Beverly Mercer

    • Mike Robinson May 28, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

      Sending out a price and availability list. Unfortunately we are almost done stocking fish for the spring season. We have a waiting list for remaining fish, otherwise we are looking at fall.

  58. Steve May 25, 2015 at 11:04 am #


    We have a 2 acre pond that has a lot of very small sun fish. I’d like to stock the pond with bass and channel catfish. Can you send me your recommendations for quantity as well as a price list? Thanks.

    • Mike Robinson May 28, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

      IF THEY ARE BLUEGILL, then I would stock 200 largemouth bass and 100 channel catfish. If you are unsure whether or not they are Bluegill, see if you can catch one, snap a closeup picture and email it to me. I am emailing you fish prices so you will have me direct.

  59. Cory Widmayer June 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

    Could I get the price chart for the fish? Our pond needs more bottom feeders to help control the weeds and detritus, so I was looking to buy grass carp and catfish. Thanks!

    • Mike Robinson June 16, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

      I just emailed you a price list. FYI, Grass Carp will help with weeds, but neither Grass Carp or Catfish will have a significant impact on detritus on the pond bottom. A combination of Aeration and Sludge Pellets are the most effective for that.

  60. Kaleb June 9, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

    Can I get a price list. Also email me some info on delivery or pickup? My pond is in clark county, illinois. Thanks.

    • Mike Robinson June 16, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

      I’ll send the fish price list info, but Clark County is outside our normal delivery range. It would have to be a decent size order and we would have to custom quote delivery. Reply to the price list email with what you are interested in, plus your delivery address and we can work up a quote. Otherwise, fish pickups are available, except for the larger fish. More info on price list.

  61. Matt Schultz July 4, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    I also would like some information on your pricing and stocking recommendations for a 1 acre avg 8ft deep pond. I am in Lawrence County Illinois. Thanks!

    • Mike Robinson July 6, 2015 at 8:02 pm #

      We will email pricing to you. See the links below for recommendations:

      General Fish Stocking Recommendations: On this page we list basic stocking strategies for ponds in the upper Midwest.

      Specific Fish Stocking Recommendations: We can make a stocking recommendation and give a quote if your pond or lake is in Wisconsin or Illinois.

      Lawrence County is outside our regular delivery range, so you would have to email us with a list of what you would like to get, plus delivery address, and then we could work up a delivery quote.

  62. Brandon Gallagher July 16, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

    I am intested on stocking a 2 acre lake with yellow perch and was wondering how much it would cost for the 5-7 in and 7+ range. I was also wondering how many I should stock it with. If i drove up to the fish hatchery could I be able to drive them back to the lake. thanks!

    • Mike Robinson July 21, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

      Very generally, you can stock yellow perch up to about 200 per acre. See this page to receive specific stocking recommendations.

      Perch can be picked up in the fall and spring if pre-ordered. We will send you a price list and ordering info.

  63. Jaron Stretch July 17, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

    Can I please receive a price list, and your recommendations for stocking a 1.25 acre pond (10-12ft) and a 3/4 acre pond (7-8 ft). Would like to just do large mouth, bluegill, and crappie. On the 3/4 acre pond how can I permanently get rid of duck weed on the surface? Thanks!

    • Mike Robinson July 21, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

      Hello, please send the info requested on this page in an email to receive specific recommendations. We sent you the price list via email.

      For duckweed, you need to address the cause and see if there is anything you can do about it, and then consider treatment options. See this page for detail, and if you have further questions contact our expert Robert Burke at rburke@keystonehatcheries.com for advice.

  64. Jim Engel September 12, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    I live in Sheboygan county and would like to experiment with a small aquaponics operation,using perch. I realize that water quality will be paramount.
    please advise of the price for small orders of 3-5 and 5-7 inch perch (will pick up)
    Where are you guys located ??

    • Mike Robinson September 14, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

      We are located on the Wisconsin Illinois border in Richmond Illinois/Genoa City Wisconsin. We will email you a fish price list and other info.

  65. Tim Fortin October 29, 2015 at 5:55 am #

    I live in the Springfield IL area and had a 1/4 acre pond dug in August. The deepest point is 11 feet deep and so far have about 4-5 feet of water. I would like to stock the pond with Pumpkinseed sunfish, Bluegill and Fathead minnows and eventually Largemouth Bass and maybe some Golden Shiners. Is this a workable combination of fish species and when do you think I could start stocking fish in my pond? What stocking rate would you recommend and finally could you please give me a price quote for the fish species listed above and their availability? Thank you for your help!

    • Mike Robinson October 29, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

      That is a workable combination, but the minnows and shiners will be short term food until the bluegill and pumpkinseed spawn. Minnows and shiners will be wiped out by the bass eventually. See this page for stocking recommendations. Springfield is a long long way away from us…you would either have to pick them up or pay a hefty delivery fee, which would probably be more than the fish. It is very late in the fall stocking season, so you might consider spring instead.

  66. Rob penny November 14, 2015 at 11:26 pm #

    Hey Mike ..first off i would like to say what a dream job you have(as my girlfriend refers to me playing in water in”my time activity”)most of the questions have to due with ponds and stocking them …but my question is to you is i have two chain pickeral’s in a 40 gallon tank perfectly happy and eating very well,looking to add a northern pike.Possible just buying two at three to four inches?Please respond ..fish/water lover

    • Mike Robinson November 16, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

      You would be horrified to know how much time I spend behind a desk. Sorry, but we are not in the aquarium world at all. And we do not have or sell pike below 9-12″.

  67. Dan Wroblewski April 11, 2016 at 12:39 am #

    Hello, can you please send me a price list of fish, especially for black crappies and any recommendations a for a pond that is about 8 to 9 Acres, 12′ depth. Spring feed with lots of weeds, which we harvest. Has pike, nice large mouth and I believe stunned gills.

    • Mike Robinson April 12, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

      Price list will be sent to your email. If you have stunted bluegill, then you may want to think twice before stocking black crappie. They will compete for a lot of the same food, and that food is lacking if the bluegill are stunted. I would recommend that you first take steps to correct the stunted bluegill before you consider stocking black crappie.

  68. Chris Wallin April 19, 2016 at 5:00 pm #

    Can you send us a price for Large Bluegill for a Kids fishing derby is glendale Heights Illinois. We have a $1000.00 budget.
    Chris Wallin

    • Mike Robinson April 21, 2016 at 10:58 am #

      We will email you the price list, but the biggest bluegill we currently have are 3-5″. There is a chance we would have 5-7″ Hybrid Bluegill.

  69. Reginald Minor May 15, 2016 at 5:28 pm #

    I have a small 1/4+ Pond that was stocked before but now it has been fished almost completly out. Could you send me price list and any suggestions of amount of fish I would need to bring it back for largemouth and catfish. It will be a children fishing pond only. Thanks

    • Mike Robinson May 20, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

      We will send you fish price and availability info. See this page for general stocking advice. Or go to this page to get specific stocking recommendations.

  70. Gary May 29, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

    Hi Mike,
    Interested in triploid grass crap for my one acre pond. Having algae problems. Also if you can offer any other helpful idea, I would appreciate it. Please send your pricelist. Thanks!

  71. Paul Vosters June 11, 2016 at 10:32 pm #


    Looking for advice, just move to a home in Woodstock IL, the property comes with an 1/2 aker pond. The pond is covered with algy. Have not see fish butt lots of turtles, musk rat and frogs of all kind. Not interested in fishing but interested in stocking the pond to clean the Pond from algy and giving it a natural cleaning system by using fish. What would you recommend. Which kind of fish, like tom stay with fish idiginess to North America.

    Thank you,


    • Mike Robinson June 13, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

      I think that it is likely your pond experienced a fish kill, otherwise, there probably would be some fish in there. I am guessing you have had an oxygen depletion problem in the past due to either weed/algae problem in the summer, or complete ice cover in the winter.

      I’d recommend that you get in contact with our biologist Robert to discuss the issues and solutions. Unfortunately it is not as simple as stocking fish to clean up the pond…fish generally do not clean up the pond.

      You can send an email to info@keystonehatcheries.com attention Robert with your issues, and let him know if you want to communicate either thru emails, phone, in store visit or on site consulting.

  72. Greg Tepas July 1, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    I’m looking for some fish for our 1 1/2 -2 acre pond. We are looking for some largemouth bass and some smallmouth with some bluegills. We might want to throw on some random stuff in there, we want some fun fish throw in there, maybe a pike or 2. All the fish died in the winter a couple of winters ago. We are hoping to keep the under $450.

    Thanks, Greg

    • Mike Robinson July 1, 2016 at 6:44 pm #

      Hi Greg, we will email you a price list and ordering info. Just email back with the info requested and we will write you up a quote/order.

  73. Gilbert Matlick August 6, 2016 at 2:53 am #


    My son bought a place with a pond about the size of a 1/2 acre.
    The former owner said there was a winter kill.
    Could you send me a fish price list and approximate delivery cost to
    Taylor Ridge, IL. 61284. Also, when is the best time to place a order?


    • Mike Robinson August 8, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

      Yep, we will email that to you. The price list has delivery costs per county listed.

      Regarding timing, we recommend that you order by Labor Day, but that is not a firm deadline.

  74. Ryan Miller August 16, 2016 at 12:14 am #


    we have about a half acre pond that is about 8 ft deep. 5 years ago lowes came in and needed to drain it but they found out it was spring fed. They did kill all of the fish in the pond. Over the years a fish population which looks to be exclusively bluegill was introduced I am guessing through bird migration. After fishing in it yesterday I was able to see large quantities of bluegills from 3″ to 5″. What are your stocking suggestions for finding balance. I am in illinois about 20 miles east of you so picking up isnt an issue. I would like a nice balance of game fish. Thanks again.


    Ryan Miller

    • Mike Robinson August 31, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

      Hey Ryan, this post got overlooked, and I am sorry for the long wait on a reply. First you want to confirm they are true bluegill and not green sunfish. If you dont know how to tell, look up photos of each on google images and then catch a few of your fish and check them out. Or email us a good photo. If they are bluegill, then all you should need to do is stock about 50 bass. If you want catfish, put about 25 in. I will email you pricing.

  75. David Christian September 7, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

    I’m looking for about 100 3in to 5in bluegill, 25 same size perch, 25 same size crappie, and 4 fingerling muskie, also fat head and golden shiners.
    Thanks Dave

    • Mike Robinson September 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

      I emailed you the info

  76. Brett Burkhalter October 24, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

    We just bought a house outside of Kankakee with a pond we thought was stocked with game fish…unfortunately it has Koi/Goldfish in it. The pond is roughly 150’x40′ and 10′-15′ deep. Recommendations or thoughts on how to get rid of the koi and replace with gamefish?

    • Mike Robinson October 25, 2016 at 8:37 pm #

      2 main ways. The first is to hire a pond management company to apply Rotenone and kill off the fish population. This is difficult and expensive. The second is to just go ahead and stock gamefish with your Koi & goldfish population in mind. By establishing a largemouth bass population, they will begin to consume the juvenile koi and goldfish. Then every opportunity you have to remove adult Koi and Goldfish, do it. Especially the Koi. You can fish for the larger ones if you want to. Call or email and ask for Robert Burke if you would like to discuss a stocking recommendation.

  77. ben January 30, 2017 at 4:04 am #

    Im looking to stock a pond with northern pike in maine, do you guys ship to maine?? im looking for a order of a 100

    • Mike Robinson January 30, 2017 at 2:09 pm #

      Unfortunately no. Logistics and government regulations have made us stick to stocking fish only in Wisconsin and Illinois.

  78. Elizabeth Winston February 21, 2017 at 9:10 pm #

    I would like to keep my pond w/o using chemicals. My friend says to get carp and catfish. Do you sell those.?

    • Mike Robinson February 22, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

      We sell Triploid Grass Carp and Channel Catfish, but they certainly do not solve all or most of pond problems. If you want to manage your pond without herbicides, that is possible. I’d recommend you call and talk to Robert.

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