How do I build a pond?
Contact the USDA’s Soil Conservation Service (Natural Resources Conservation Service) listed in the phone book blue pages under Federal Government – US Department of Agriculture. This group will check soil maps of your property or visit the site to take soil samples. They offer assistance in designing and locating ponds to make the best use of rainfall and natural drainage.
Visit Design and Construction for detailed information on building a recreational pond.
How/Where do I get my pond stocked?
LSU AgCenter does not stock ponds. Commercial suppliers must be used. Call Inland Fisheries at Wildlife & Fisheries at (225) 765-2330 for the Fish Suppliers List. Or click here for a 2006 Fingerling Producers List .
How do I get rid of trash fish?
It is usually not possible to kill trash fish without killing all the fish present in the pond. The most reliable method is to drain the pond and allow the bottom to dry out.
Chemicals to kill trash fish:
Rotenone – kills all fish, can be found at feed stores, expensive, must have a private pesticide applicator’s card
Fintrol – kills scaled fish while leaving catfish relatively healthy; difficult to obtain and may soon be off the market
Visit Species Profiles for Stocking for more information.
How do I get rid of snakes around ponds?
There are few effective snake repellents or traps available. The most-effective way to eliminate snakes is to make the habitat less attractive. Do this by keeping all vegetation closely mowed right to the water’s edge and removing bushes, shrubs, rocks or any other objects close to the ground.
Visit Nuisances and Predators for more information.
There are as many as 30 different kinds of weeds in Louisiana ponds. There are only 5 chemicals registered for use in fish ponds. Weeds must be identified to determine the correct chemical to use.
Weeds identification and control recommendations can be found on the internet at: http://aquaplant.tamu.edu/
Weed samples can be brought to the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Research Station for us to identify. Place the damp sample in a ziplock bag with no water. Label the bag with a contact name and number.
An alternative to chemicals is biological control by stocking grass carp. The permit office is at Wildlife & Fisheries (225)765-2865.
Visit Aquatic Weed Control for more information on aquatic weed control.
How fast do crawfish grow?
They can grow from ½ inch to as much as 4 inches in as little as 8 weeks or as long as 5 months.
Visit Crawfish Resource Materials and the Crawfish Production Manual for more information on crawfish and crawfish production.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture