Farm ponds are one of Kentucky's most valuable aquatic resources. A pond can provide extra income, serve as a water source for livestock, help with fire protection and attract numerous species of wildlife. However, one of a farm pond's most enjoyed functions is that of providing hours of fishing.
KDFWR has a new series of farm pond management pages to take you from start to finish on building, stocking and managing your farm pond. It has several sections to assist with all aspects of farm pond management. You can find the main page here: Farm Pond Management
In addition to the new farm pond pages, there are also a couple of other documents pertaining to farm pond management. Kerry Prather, a former fisheries District Biologist, has written a short article on common farm pond problems that may be useful to you. You can find it here: Solving Pond Problems. You can also email our Info Center for a free copy of our "Management Guide for Ponds and Small Lakes in Kentucky". You can also read it online here.
Our District Biologists are also a great resource, particularly for more localized information. You can find a list of contact numbers and email addresses here: Fisheries Staff Contacts
To provide hours of good fishing, a pond must be properly stocked. Many pond owners may try to stock their ponds with locally caught fish. This practice is highly unadvisable because it usually results in an unbalanced or undesirable fish population. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) offers help to those wanting pond management advice.
KDFWR has experimented with various fish combinations for pond stocking and has found largemouth bass and bluegill to be the best combination for most Kentucky waters. Channel catfish are also a good option for most ponds.
If you wish to contact a private pond consultant to assist with management of your pond, there are several consulting firms that do work in Kentucky. You can find our current list of pond consultants here: Pond Consultant List
There are a number of suppliers in Kentucky and surrounding states that can provide a variety of fish for private stocking. You can find the most current fish supplier list here: Fish Supplier List