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Restocking a public pond?

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There’s a small drainage pond near where I live. Many of the kids in my neighborhood – my kids included – go fishing in the pond and catch a few fish. I’ve also seen egrets, herons and cormorants almost everyday, fishing in the pond with great success… but suddenly, over the last few weeks, there’s been nothing – the kids have stopped catching anything and the birds have stopped coming. I haven’t noticed any change in the pond (it’s not like polutants are draining into the water or anything). But it’s almost as if it’s been fished out.

Should I maybe restock the pond?  I’ve seen some tiny fish in the pond – so perhaps if I leave it for long enough the pond will ‘restock’ itself? Anyone know what to do in this case?

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  1. Rex Finch on Jan 29, 2013 Reply

    That’s a very good question — restocking a pond is a great way to ensure there are plenty of fish, but you need to be careful to get quality fish to do it, and to pick the correct kinds. Putting the wrong kind of fish in the pond can crowd out

    I’d suggest getting in contact with your local Department of Natural Resources (DNR) office and see what recommendations they have for pond stocking. You should get the fish from a licensed propagator to make sure they’re as healthy and parasite-free as possible.

    Those are my thoughts, anyway.

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  2. Willy on Feb 06, 2013 Reply

    Make sure you contact your local Department of Natural Resources. I know that in some cases they will restock the pond for you. No point in paying for the fish yourself if they have a budget set aside to do it.

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