Fish Stocking FAQs

When does Pond King usually have fish for stocking ponds and lakes?

The two main fish stocking seasons in Texas are in the Spring, and in the Fall – when the weather is not too hot, and not too cold. “Fish Days” are typically March – June and then again around September – November. These dates are always subject to change based on Mother Nature. Please call to check our availability.

Do I pick up my fish or does Pond King deliver?

We offer pick up (by appointment) at our Gainesville location and offer delivery to some areas based on the size of the order. Please check the delivery map below to see if you are eligible for delivery. To schedule your pick-up appointment, please contact us.

Does Pond King ship fish?

The short answer is, no. The types and sizes of fish we sell require a significant amount of water and oxygen for transport and we just haven’t been able to find a cost-effective way to ship fish with an acceptable mortality rate.

If I come to pick up fish, is there a minimum number of fish I have to buy?

No, there is no minimum for fish pick-up. Please be sure to contact us to set up a pick-up appointment.

How much does it cost to get my fish delivered?

Delivery costs are based on two separate factors: fish minimums based on location and mileage fees. The dollar amounts shown on the map are minimum orders of fish and do not include mileage. Please contact us for a free estimate.

What do I need to bring when I come to pick up the fish?

You don’t need anything. We bag up your fish in large plastic bags similar in size to a five-gallon bucket. We fill the bags with water and air, and you are on your way. Some customers like to bring 5-gallon buckets, tubs or coolers to place the bags in to keep them from rolling around.

When I pick up the fish, how long will they survive in the bags?

We recommend keeping the fish in the bags no more than 2-3 hours and inside the vehicle when the weather is extreme. If you have longer travel times we recommend delivery or renting an aerating tank.

How much are fish?

See our Fish Price List for a complete list of the fish we offer along with their pricing. We don’t always have all fish in stock at all times. Please call ahead to check availability.

Will I receive a discount if I buy a large quantity of fish?

Yes. Larger orders of fish may be eligible for bulk discounts. Contact us for a quote.

Will Pond King customize fish orders for my pond?

Yes! We offer several fish stocking plans, and can customize a fish order specifically for your goals and budget.

Do I need a permit to purchase fish?

If you are a Texas resident you need a permit to purchase Triploid Grass Carp. The permit is available through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and takes approximately 4-5 weeks to obtain. We recommend requesting the largest number of fish allowed on the permit. You don’t have to purchase them all at once. Click here to begin the application process. If you are a Texas resident, by law we cannot sell you Grass Carp unless you have your permit. 

As of 2021, the TPWD also requires permits to stock tilapia in some Texas counties. To check to see if you need a permit, and to apply, please use this link

Will you keep my triploid grass carp permit on file?

While Pond King does copy each permit and retain the records for the state of Texas, it is necessary that each customer bring their original permit each time they purchase grass carp.

How do I acclimate my fish to my pond?

During delivery Pond King staff will take the time to acclimate your fish to the ph. and temperature of the pond water. If you are putting the fish in yourself, we recommend placing the bags in the water for around 30 minutes. Follow that step by mixing in some of the pond water in with the bag and slowly releasing the fish into the pond. Acclimation is an important part of stocking fish and failure to do so can result in fish kills.

Which fish are best for my pond?

Fish of different species thrive in different waters. These factors can include but are not limited to, size, location, and temperature. Please contact us to get more information about which fish are right for you.

Still have questions?

Whether you’re looking for information about shipping & delivery, product specs and details, or help with setting up an installment plan, our team is standing by and happy to assist.

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