Special to the Bulletin

The Pecan Bayou Soil and Water Conservation District is again offering a fish stocking program for area pond owners. The last day to order and pay for the fish is June 16.

Offered as a public service of the Pecan Bayou SWCD, the program was established to provide local pond owners an opportunity to purchase fish for stock ponds while making available information on pond management including fertilizing, clearing, aquatic weed control and stocking species and rates. Natural Resource Conservation Service and District personnel will be available to make recommendations concerning specific ponds.

Fish available for purchase through the program include: Channel Catfish 4-6 inch - .45, 6-8 inch - .85; Bluegill 1-3 inch - .45, 3-5 inch - .85, Hybrid Bream (Bluegill) 1-3 inch - .45; Largemouth Bass 1-4 inch - .75; Bluecat Catfish 4-7 inch - .90; Redear Sunfish 1-3 inch .55; Fathead Minnows - $12 per pound; Shinner Minnows - $12.00 per pound; Grass Carp 12 inch - $15 each, and Goldfish - $12 per pound. Minimum order on most fish is 25. Other sizes and species are available upon request.

The fish, all in healthy condition, will be delivered on June 20. Each order will be filled by placing fish in a large plastic bag filled with oxygenated water.

The bags will contain enough oxygen to enable the buyer to get the fish to their pond in good condition. 50 pound paper feed sacks are needed as carriers for the plastic bags.

To place an order, individuals should visit the local Natural Resources Conservation Service office at 2608-B Highway 377 South in Brownwood to prepay for the fish. The fish stocking program in one of several public service projects offered annually by the Pecan Bayou Soil and Water Conservation District.