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: For customers taking game fish into PA, contact us first so we can go over the requirements for transporting these fish into your state.
Fall is here, and the weather is cooling down, so that means we are starting to get orders for walleyes, small mouth and trout. As soon as the water gets cold enough we will start running these species. We also plan to have pike and tiger muskie for sale as well. Everything depends on the weather and the supply. Call and place your orders now, as we are placing our orders for these fish according to demand.
Fall brings the perfect opportunity to stock new species in the colder weather, so don’t miss out on this opportunity! Once we finish our fall stocking, we will not have fish available until the spring.
If your pond is an acre or less in size, you may find that you need to restock perch or crappie periodically, as reproduction survival rates are smaller in these size ponds. Cold months like the fall are perfect for this, as the water reaches temps below 60 and the larger predator fish won’t aggressively feed on your fingerling fish stock.
We are always open six days a week, and you can call us at 740-622-0681 anytime if you have questions about your fish or ponds, even if we didn’t stock them.
If you don’t have aeration or a spring feeding your pond during the winter, you could experience a winter fish kill. We have multiple options for aeration such as windmills, fountains and more, so talk to us if you aren’t sure what is the best for your pond.
Keep an eye on our calendar as the season is nearing its end, so we are finishing up our County SWCD visits and pond clinics. Have a great fall! Steve
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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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