Farm Pond Exhibit
Texas has thousands of farm ponds, which range in size from a quarter-acre to dozens of acres. Farm ponds are often stocked with fish to provide recreation and food. Channel catfish, sunfish (bluegills) and largemouth bass are probably the most commonly stocked fish. Farm ponds must be managed in order to prevent overpopulation.
Fish in small farm ponds usually need to be fed in order to survive and grow. A variety of pelleted food is available, and fish can be trained to take it quite easily, as the fish in this exhibit will show you.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department supplies fish only for stocking into public waters. It does not supply fish for stocking into farm ponds. A list of commercial hatcheries that sell fish for stocking private waters can be found on the Texas Aquaculture Association Web site.