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
“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
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. We will start to get inventory towards the second week of March, where we will stock a good inventory of fingerlings for pond stocking.
Now is the time to start looking into bacteria to help your pond knock down the nutrient load to help slow summertime vegetation growth. 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 to let us know you’re coming down.
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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