Cason & Associates
Pond Fish Stocking & Lake Management Professionals
Serving Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and Northern Illinois
Pond Fish Stocking
Cason & Associates
Pond Fish Stocking & Lake Management Professionals In Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and Northern Illinois
Fish Surveys & Stocking
We employ two fish survey techniques: fyke netting and electrofishing. The purpose of fish surveys are to determine which fish are present in a lake or pond and estimate fish population dynamics. Our fisheries biologists assess populations to determine structure, age, growth rates, stunting, mortality rates and many other factors to help you manage your fishery. Survey duration and the amount of data collected are specific to your project goals.
Each spring and fall, Cason & Associates provides native fish for stocking into lakes and ponds in areas of Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and Northern Illinois. Our biologists can recommend a stocking program that will help you to maintain a balanced fishery. All fish sold are grown in licensed hatcheries and are veterinary certified to be disease-free.
Fish species that are commonly available include:
- Fathead Minnow
- Golden Shiner
- Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth)
- Black Crappie
- Bluegill & Hybrid Bluegill
- Channel Catfish
- Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge
- Northern Pike
- Trout (Brook, Brown & Rainbow)
- Yellow Perch
Customers must have a current stocking permit, or private fish farm registration, prior to delivery. Cason & Associates can provide assistance with obtaining the necessary permits or licenses and will let you know if you will need a stocking permit, or a fish farm registration. Our delivery area includes most of Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and Northern Illinois. Contact us for more information.
Fish Habitat Structures
The quantity and quality of fish habitat in a water body, has a direct impact on fish populations.
Cover for fish is often lacking in man-made ponds, and even in some lakes. Fish structures provide an aspect of habitat that is critical to survival and reproduction. They provide places for small fish and fry to hide, thereby allowing them to survive long enough to reproduce. Structures can also improve fishing success by concentrating bait fish and creating hunting grounds for larger game fish.
When selecting habitat structures, you have two options: artificial or natural.
Artificial structures are easy to assemble and transport. The structures we use have a textured surface to promote algae growth, a prime food source for small fish, and V-shaped branches, which reduce snagging when fishing.
Artificial structures can only be placed in private waterbodies. If you have a public waterbody, you will need to focus on natural habitat structures and may require a permit for installation.
Natural materials, such as fish cribs, fish sticks or fallen trees work well, but are cumbersome to transport and decay rapidly, requiring replacement. Sourcing and installing these natural structures can be problematic. However, grant funding is available for habitat improvement projects, such as building and installing fish sticks.
Cason & Associates have the locally source materials, equipment, and know-how, to build and install these structures. We also work with lake groups and handle any applicable permitting and grant writing that may be required to help you improve your fishery.