March 15 webinar to discuss fish species and stocking ponds – AgriLife Today


A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service webinar from 6-7 p.m. on March 15 will cover the basics of fish genetics available to meet the expectations and fishing goals of pond owners.

Registration is $35. Pay with a credit card to receive immediate instructions for accessing the webinar. Instructions for accessing the webinar will not be emailed until payment has been received.

Stocking various species of fish will be the subject of a webinar on March 15th. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Laura McKenzie)

Upon completion of registration and payment, attendees will receive an email from [email protected] that will include a receipt, registration confirmation, and instructions for accessing the webinar.

About the webinar

The webinar program will cover the many options of species, strains, hybrids and genetics that can influence fish production, said Todd Sink, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension’s aquaculture specialist and director from AgriLife Extension’s Aquatic Diagnostics Laboratory, Bryan-College Station.

“Until the last 20-25 years, storage options for ponds were largely limited to what the local fish supplier had available,” Sink said. “This meant that only local or regional species or strains were available for stocking the ponds. Today, there are many species, strains, and hybrid options, and the genetics you store in your pond can influence fishing for decades to come.

This webinar will cover the genetics of largemouth bass that suit the pond owner’s specific fishing goals, the differences between catfish species available for stocking, and the benefits of each species. Hybrids, including those of striped bass, pumpkinseed and catfish, will also be discussed.

The program will also cover how and when to use each hybrid and what each type of hybrid means for the fish population in the pond. Sink will also discuss species, strains and hybrids of crappie as well as different strains of bluegill sunfish.

“These are important considerations for pond owners who have expectations for fish, whether it’s numbers or trophy fish,” Sink said. “We want people to avoid stockpiling decisions that might actually defeat their goals for the pond.”

Save time and money by stocking the right fish

Sink will be joined by Brittany Chesser, AgriLife Extension Aquatic Vegetation Program Specialist, Bryan-College Station. Chesser will answer questions in an accompanying discussion forum. There will be a 30-minute question and answer period following the presentation to address specific scenarios for attendees.

“Right now is a good time for pond owners to plan, whether they’re looking to add fish to an existing pond or stock a new pond,” Sink said. “Understanding your options based on your goals can save you a lot of time and money when it comes to stocking fish.”

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