Whether for aesthetics or for fishing pleasure, most pond owners are interested in stocking and managing fish. Dozens of fish species are suitable for stocking in Pennsylvania ponds, but some species are usually more successful than others.
Fishing is an important use of private ponds throughout Pennsylvania. In fact, a recent survey of pond owners found that 56 percent use their pond primarily for recreational fishing. The widespread interest in pond fishing leads to many questions about proper management of pond fisheries. This fact sheet describes some simple methods for fisheries management, including strategies to resolve common fish problems.