Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District

Fish Sales

Fish Sale - Spring 2020

Grass Carp Orders due by: 4/23/20
All Other Orders due by: 5/1/20
Pick-up: 5/8/20

Fish Order Form - Printable Version

Fish Sale Information:
Fish Sales will be held once in the Fall and again in the Spring.
Orders must be submitted ahead of time. Please see the printable Fish Order form for deadline and pick-up details. Be forwarned that Grass Carp do require a special permit (which the SWCD will obtain upon request).
Remember to enclose a check with your order.

Hybrid Sunfish
Hybrid Sunfish come from crossing a male Bluegill with a female Green Sunfish. They produce 90% males so they do not over populate a pond. They are a good choice for small ponds and will grow ¼ to ½ lb. per year. They can reproduce with Bluegill. Grow to 7 to 10 inches long.

Red Ear Sunfish
Red Ear Sunfish are excellent in deeper ponds and with Bluegill and Hybrid Sunfish. They like to eat snails. Prefer warm water with heavy vegetation to hide in. They are also very hard fighters when hooked. A full grown Red Ear Sunfish may weight up to 4 pounds if not overstocked in a pond.

Black Crappie
Black Crappie are a schooling fish that like water with lot of structures and hiding places. They do an excellent job controlling insects. Crappie average 8 to 16 inches long.

Channel Catfish
Channel Catfish are an excellent pond and stream fish. They prefer moving water with a rocky and sandy bottom. They also like to hide in old logs or trees that have fallen in the water. Channel Catish may grow up to 4 feet long and weigh as much as 50 pounds. They make an excellent sport fish.

Triploid Grass Carp
An extreme sport fish. Grass Carp or White Amur are an excellent fish to help control weed and algae. They will eat 2 to 3 times their weight a day. A permit form the state is required to stock these fish. They have been recorded to grow as long as 7 feet long. These Carp do not reproduce.

Bluegill are an excellent sport and pond fish that grows a little slower than sunfish. Bluegill like to hide in old logs or around plants in the water. They will bite on many different kinds of bait. When the pond is not overpopulated, Bluegill will grow to be 7 to 10 inches long.

Fathead Minnows
Fathead Minnows are especially important when stocking new ponds as a forage crop for other game fish. You should stock at a rate of 1000 per surface acre. Fathead Minnows will grow between 2 and 3 inches long and reproduce in the Spring.

Largemouth Bass
Bass are one of the most sought after game fish. The Largemouth Bass is a predator on many species. They will bite on many different types of bait. Average size is 20 inches and life span can be as long as 23 years.

Additional Information on private ponds and fish is available at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Aquatic Managment page.