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.
Spring has sprung, and now is the time when we start to get calls from customers with cabin fever who are eager to stock their ponds. You’re in luck, as we are now fully stocked, so you can stop by anytime during business hours to pick up any number of fish for your pond or lake.
You should start using your muck reducers and pond cleaners now. It is also a good time to keep your eye out for bacterial gill disease in your bluegill. If you notice anything going on in your pond that doesn’t seem right, give us a call at the Hatchery and we will help you any away we can.
We had a winter this year much like our last winter, and last spring we got a lot of calls from customers who had issues with springtime vegetation because the winter didn’t give a good layer of ice and snow to kill the vegetation from the previous year.
You may also notice problems with bacterial gill diseases in blue gill because of the stress caused by the blue gill not getting pushed completely into dormancy with the mild winter temperatures. These kinds of things we can help you with in both prevention and maintenance, so give the hatchery a call if you are ever experiencing a problem.
Call the Hatchery any time at 740-622-0681. Calling is not necessary to stop in but if you plan to make a large order, you might want to give us a call and make sure we have enough stock.
Tilapia aren’t just fish you find in a restaurant, or frozen in your grocery store! These are also really good fish to use in your pond.
Last year we experimented with the use of tilapia because it is a good forage fish. The females breed every three weeks, and it offers good forage to help your other fish grow. Keep in mind, tilapia are a tropical fish and cannot survive our harsh winters, so there are three main reasons we add these fish to our ponds:
- A good forage base for fish
- They work over soft algae and keep vegetation back
- At the end of the summer, if you can catch them they are some of the best eating fish you can find
Because they are a tropical fish, we only stock them once we’re sure it’s warm enough to sustain them. This is typically the entire month of June and half of July. Anytime after that we stop stocking them as there is not enough reproduction to benefit the pond owner to purchase.
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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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