FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Joe Addison
December 12, 2007 334-242-3471
Applications for Fish Pond Stocking Available
Owners of newly constructed or recently renovated ponds without wild fish present may apply now to stock their ponds with largemouth bass and bream (bluegill and shellcracker). The Fisheries Section of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division will stock ponds that contain no fish and are larger than 1/4 surface acre (1/2 surface acre if pond is not to be fertilized). Stan Cook, Chief of Fisheries, advises pond owners to request their fish application early and return the application before the February 1, 2008 deadline.
To capture the cost of the program, the stocking fees for a one-acre pond with both bass and bream are $140 and $70 stocked with bass only. The fee structure is a minimum of $70 for ponds 1/2 acre or smaller, plus incremental adjustments of $35 for each additional 1/4 surface acre for ponds five surface acres or smaller. For ponds larger than 5 surface acres, the fee is $140 per acre. Ponds stocked with bass only cost 1/2 of the full stocking fee.
To request more information and an application form, contact the District Fisheries Office serving your county. Remember, all applications must be received at the District Office listed below by the February 1 deadline each stocking season.
Fisheries District I: (Colbert, Cullman, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Morgan, Walker and Winston counties) 21453 Harris Station Rd., Tanner, AL 35671; 256-353-2634; [email protected].
Fisheries District II: (Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Randolph, St. Clair and Talladega counties) P.O. Box 158, Eastaboga, AL 36260; 256-831-6860; [email protected].
Fisheries District III: (Bibb, Chilton, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Shelby, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties) P.O. Box 305, Northport, AL 35476; 205-339-5716; [email protected].
Fisheries District IV: (Autauga, Bullock, Chambers, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Russell and Tallapoosa counties) 1820 Glynwood Dr., Suite C, Prattville, AL 36066; 334-358-0035; [email protected].
Fisheries District V: (Baldwin, Clarke, Choctaw, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, Washington and Wilcox counties) 30571 Five Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort, AL 36527; 251-626-5153; [email protected].
Fisheries District VI: (Barbour, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike counties) 3520 Plaza Dr., Enterprise, AL 36330; 334-347-9467; [email protected].
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.
Rebecca Leigh White
ADCNR-Information & Education
Capitol Complex – Folsom Building
64 N. Union St., Montgomery, AL 36130