Fish Stocking ProgramLargemouth bass

Our next distribution will be scheduled for next spring. Click the link below for to view tentative species that will be available this upcoming spring. Please continue to check in for updates on program dates and deadlines.

For more information on these fish species, proper stocking rates, and habitats please look at the District's Fish Stocking Catalog.

Attention: you can only purchase grass carp if you have 3 copies of the approved DEC permit. Because of the recent occurrence of certain diseases in bait fish it is also necessary for pond owners to obtain a stocking permit such as a current Farm Fish Pond License. Both permits are free and the applications are available from the NYS DEC or from the District. The applications for the Farm Fish Pond Permit, NYS-DEC Stocking Permit, and Grass Carp Permit are available for download from the links below. For more information call (585) 753-7380.

Largemouth bassLargemouth bass

Winter Pond Recommendations

Did you see dead fish floating in your pond last spring? One of the most common causes for a fish kill is not polluted water, but a lack of dissolved oxygen. A “winter fish kill” is a common occurrence during long winters where heavy snow covers the ice of a pond. In ponds, light penetrates the surface reaching plants in the water, and dissolved oxygen is produced through the process of photosynthesis. However, once a layer of ice has formed and snow accumulates on it, light can be blocked from reaching the bottom of the pond, which impairs the photosynthetic process, and therefore leads to reduced levels of dissolved oxygen. If this occurs for an extended period of time, fish can become stressed and die due to lack of oxygen. This is especially a concern for ponds that are very shallow and heavily vegetated.

An easy way to prevent winter fish kills is to shovel the snow off the pond. This will allows light to penetrate through the ice and allow the photosynthetic process to continue. Be sure that the ice is thick enough to hold your own weight before shoveling. Another way to prevent winter fish kills is to install an aerator. A submergent aerator produces dissolved oxygen to help prevent this, although a continuous supply of electricity must be present. If you have any questions about winter fish kills, aerators, or other pond concerns please call the District.

Permits and Links

Farm Fish Pond Permit Information
This permit is free, and is encouraged for stocking fish into a pond.
It should be returned to:
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Fish, Wildlife, & Marine Resources
 6274 East Avon-Lima Road
Avon, NY 14414
(585)246-2466

Download The NYS-DEC Application to Stock Triploid Grass Carp
This permit is free, and is required to purchase Triploid Grass Carp in NY State.
It should be returned to:
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Fish, Wildlife, & Marine Resources
6274 East Avon-Lima Road
Avon, NY 14414
(585)246-2466

Application for Permit to Stock Fish
This permit is free, and is required to stock fish into a pond.
It should be returned to:
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Fish, Wildlife, & Marine Resources
 6274 East Avon-Lima Road
Avon, NY 14414
(585)246-2466


Links for further information:
Freshwater Fish Species of New York
Aquatic Vegetation Control Methods
Fish Pond Information

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