Since 1956, Fender’s Fish Hatchery has been the authority in stocking ponds and lakes for Ohio, the surrounding states and beyond. Started by Dennis and Janet Fender and continued to this day with the help of their children, the family farm owns and operates over 200 acres of ponds in 3 counties, stocking and growing some of the healthiest and best fish found in the Midwest.
We are not just a hatchery – Second generation business operator Steve Fender has written “the definitive book” on pond management.
“Steve’s real-world, down to earth expertise makes it so much easier to understand everything. My ponds are healthier and more productive then ever. This book has saved me thousands in lost fish over the years. Thanks.” – Dr. Schwartz
Pond Management, The Common Sense Guide is available for purchase through the link below. Get the number one resource for Ohio ponds and lakes as well as definitive information for any pond owner across the globe.
“The secret to our healthy fish success? Three generations of pride and family work at the hatchery insure your fish are not grown in tanks all their lives. They thrive in ponds on our family farm.” – Steve
A notice to our out of state customers
If you intend to stock water that is not in Ohio, please call us before you make a trip to our hatchery. To transport fish across the state line from one state to another, there are special permits and certifications you will need. To violate these laws may put both you and us in violation of the Lacey Act. The Lacey Act defines the law pertaining to the transportation of live animals or fish, in this case, between states. To be in violation of this federal law means thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees and possible jail time.
A notice to our Pennsylvania customers: If you want to purchase white amur (grass carp), we can sell to the state of Pennsylvania as we are certified to sell in Pennsylvania but it is required by law for Pennsylvania residents to have permits issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources before you can purchase from us. Whether you come to the hatchery to pick it up, pick up at a SWCD or otherwise, you will need to present this permit before you purchase the amur from us. We are not selling game fish in Pennsylvania at this time, as we do not have a permit for game fish out of state at this time.
We are in the fall now, and as the water temperatures drop the opportunity to stock new varieties of fish arise. Around the first of October we start to sell trout. Trout need the cold water to survive and most of the ponds in Ohio don’t have strong enough springs feeding them to support trout all year, so pond owners will want to stock in the fall with adult fish and harvest for the next seven months.
If you have a pond that is an acre or less and you have stocked perch or crappie, you may not see any reproduction survival and probably need to restock periodically. The cold months like fall and spring are perfect for restocking. When the water cools down to 60 degrees and below, the large predator fish are not as aggressively feeding so stocking with fingerling fish becomes more practical.
We have been lucky weather wise the last two years but that can change. If you have a pond that doesn’t have a spring feeding it all winter long, and we have two or more months of below freezing temps with no break, you could have a winter kill, and aeration will prevent this from happening. If you have any questions concerning winter kill, call me (Steve) at 740-502-5454 and I will be glad to help!
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Fenders Fish Hatchery has spent the last half century (plus a few years) serving pond owners with the highest quality fish, pond products and advice. We can help you with the best fish, aerators and cleaners for your pond or lake assuring great growth, fish health and management.
All of our live products cannot be shipped or sold online. You may purchase these at the hatchery and take them home or have them delivered to anywhere in Ohio – ask about our delivery rates and don’t forget to check out our calendar for when we visit county Soil and Water Conservation districts for fish sales as well, to cut down on your travels. You may purchase all of our other products such as windmills, pond conditioners and muck reducers, and more on our website with shipping to anywhere in the continental United States.
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