Fish pond stocking service available

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District again will coordinate a fish pond stocking program as a service to local landowners.

Orders will be taken until March 30, and pickup will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on April 3 in the Jefferson SWCD parking lot, 500 Market St. The order form is available on the JSWCD website at www.jeffersonswcd.org or call the office at (740) 264-9790.

Some of the finest fishing in Ohio for largemouth bass, bluegills and channel catfish can be found in the state’s farm ponds, according to information provided by the Ohio Division of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife and Ohio State University Extension documents.

An initial stocking of a combination of these fish usually is recommended for new or renovated ponds. Fingerling fish (1-3 inches) are recommended for stocking new or renovated ponds, officials said.

Biological vegetation control reduces the amount of aquatic vegetation by stocking plant-eating fish, officials noted.

For guidance on managing a pond, download the Ohio Pond Management Handbook. This document includes chapters on pond construction, stocking the pond, managing problems and more.

Additional fact sheets for various topics can be found at Ohioline.osu.edu

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