To our past, present, and future costumers:
With the the Coronavirus break out and the government lock down on business I would like for our customers to know that Fenders Fish Hatchery is considered a farm and a food producer. We will continue to remain open and continue to sell to our customers as long as we are allowed. We all need food to eat and we should have the right to raise food. None of us know how long this shut down will last or how badly it will affect our economy. If you have a pond or lake, the fish in it could very well become a valuable food source. Customers can, as always, pick up fish here at our farm.
ATTENTION FISH ALERT:
We want our customers to realize that the grass carp we sell are true triploid Amur and CANNOT REPRODUCE! In addition to that, Amurs are one of the best methods for vegetation control out there. This link to the US Fish and Wildlife Service website will give you a better idea to what these fish are, and what makes them sterile and a specific type of Amur that will not become an invasive species in Ohio.
This website link is not just a state service – this is from the US Fish and Wildlife federal government website, in the southeast region that covers 10-11 states total. We want and need our customers to read and understand this. These fish are safe, effective, and guaranteed they cannot reproduce. The Hatchery we source these fish from a USDA inspector ensure every single fish that is sold cannot reproduce and is safe to sell. This is a rigorous and extremely detailed process that ensures these fish will not become invasive to Ohio and will do their job for years and years when properly cared for. This is a better addition to your pond than any chemical you can purchase, hands down.
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.
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.
NOW SELLING – GRASS FED FARM RAISED BEEF!
Steve is happy to announce the newest branch of the Fender’s business. We have been raising our own cattle for many years, and are now offering beef for sale at the hatchery.
These cattle were two years old and grass raised up until the last month and a half, at which point we grain fed them to give the perfect amount of texture to the beef. This is available at the hatchery for pickup and is packaged by Sugar Valley Meats. Bred and raised on our farm from start to finish, then butchered fresh in February – much like our fish, this is a quality that we have monitored from the beginning and can ensure our customers get only the best.
Please call for prices on beef!
March 27, 2020
Spring is here and with it the usual problems and concerns.
We had a very mild winter here in Ohio with very little ice on the ponds. In fact the water temps were warmer on average.
So far I haven’t received very many phone calls from pond owners with blue gill or any other fish dead or sick.
Over the winter months the fish go dormant and their bodies have to survive the long winter to keep their immune system strong. Ponds and lakes will have bad bacteria present that causes bacterial gill disease in blue gill and some other species. The effect will generally be deadly. The symptoms will show up as blue gill showing fuzzy patches (fungus) and within a day or two they will be dead. You may even find a few other species such as bass or perch affected. Even though this is a very deadly disease it can be stopped very easily with a treatment or two of copper sulfate. If you need to treat use only 1 pound per surface acre of copper sulfate. This should kill the bacteria that is causing death in the fish.
We will also get calls from pond owners that are concerned with algae growth. When the water is below 60 degrees the grass carp are slow in eating vegetation and chemicals don’t work well yet. So the green stuff may get ahead a little bit. If your grass carp did a good job of control last year then chances are they will again this year once the water warms up. If you have a pond that has very little water flow thru then you could us a pond dye to slow the growth also.
We sell pond conditioner that is called Natures Pond Conditioner. It is a mix of beneficial bacteria and enzymes that break down the organic waste that promotes vegetation growth. I encourage all my pond and lake owners to use these products to help keep their water clean. Spring time is the prime time to start using these products to slow the vegetation growth down by taking the food away from the plant life just when it is starting to grow. Restocking programs with fingerling fish work best in the cooler months like March, April, and May. So if you are looking to increase any of your species like perch, crappie, hybrid blue gill or anything else, now is the time. Call ahead if you are looking to come to the farm. Let us know how we can help.
Good luck and have a good year!
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All of our live products cannot be shipped or sold online. You may purchase these at the hatchery and take them home – 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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