Fish Stocked Delivery TruckAmerican Sport Fish provides fish stocking in the southeast United States. We grow fish at our hatchery in Alabama. Our services areas also include Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas. Our facility encompasses more than 300 acres making us one of the largest privately-owned hatcheries and largest producers of live sport fish in the southeast. With more than 60 ponds onsite, we have the capacity to supply the fish you need when you want them.

You’ll find a variety of Bass including our own Tiger Bass, Largemouth Bass, Northern Bass, and Florida Bass. We also offer  Coppernose Bluegill, Shellcracker, Fathead Minnows, Grass Carp, Threadfin Shad, Golden Shiners, and Black Crappie.

Stocking your pond properly is essential if you wish to produce a sustainable population of fish for years to come. We offer stocking advice customized to your individual situation. Stocking rates may vary based on several factors including management strategies, pond size, location, water chemistry, time of year, and your management goals. We can help you identify these significant factors and develop a fish stocking strategy that can help you best achieve your goals.

A few factors are important to know before stocking a new pond:

  • Is the pond at least 1/3 full and filling?
  • Is the pond free of wild fish? Wild fish will negatively affect the balance of your new fish population by allowing competing species or predators to deplete the forage available to your new fish or eat your new fish.
  • Are you planning on fertilizing the pond? Stocking rates typically double when you plan on fertilizing a pond because the pond will support more fish.


General Stocking Rates Fertilized Rate Unfertilized Rate
Largemouth Bass 50-100 per acre 50 per acre
Bluegill/Shellcracker 1000-2000 per acre 500 per acre
Fathead Minnows 1000-2000 per acre 1000 per acre

Ideally, ponds free of any wild fish are stocked in the fall with your forage fish (bluegill, shellcracker, fathead minnows). Threadfin shad can also be stocked in the fall or the spring to further increase the forage base. The fish are left in the pond free of any predator fish for several months. This period of time allows the forage fish to reproduce and build up the population’s numbers. The following spring (around June), largemouth bass will be stocked. From this point, you should have good fishing for bass, bluegill, and shellcracker in about one year. This schedule can be adapted to your specific time table in the event that your pond is ready to stock at a different time of year.

Most species of fish are available in different sizes. The availability of species and specific sizes is seasonal. Contact us for information regarding availability.

Find out more about each of these types of fish we stock or let us know about your fish stocking needs. Contact us to ask a question or call us at 334-281-7703 to place an order. Be sure to ask about our pond management and lake management services as well.

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Tiger Bass®

Tiger Bass® is a one of a kind fish. They are aggressive and fast-growing. Created by our team of scientists, the Tiger Bass® has been specially bred for aggressiveness and fast growth. In well-managed lakes, they have consistently gained more than two pounds per year. Biologists refer to this fish ...

Florida Bass

Florida bass in the southern latitudes grow faster after age two, and live longer than Northern bass. They also have the potential of reaching larger sizes. These are record-breakers. However, they are less tolerant of cold temperatures, and they can be harder to catch. As they grow older, they learn ...

Northern Bass

Through more than 15 years of genetic selection, American Sport Fish has developed a very aggressive strain of northern bass. Aggressive feeding behavior is an inheritable trait, and each generation of bass has been selected for its aggressive behavior. Aggressive feeders, especially on artificial lures Cold-water tolerant Fast-growing up to 10 pounds ...

Coppernose Bluegill

The Coppernose Bluegill is a subspecies of the common bluegill. It is not a hybrid. Native to Florida and southeast Georgia, it has a range similar to that of the Florida largemouth bass. The coloration of the Coppernose differs from that of the common Bluegill. Its name comes from the copp ...

Redear (Shellcracker)

The Shellcracker or Redear is a species of sunfish or bream related to the bluegill. This fish is adapted for feeding on snails and other mollusks, in addition to insect larvae. They coexist well with bluegill and do not compete with them for nest sites. Stocked by themselves they will no ...

Triploid Grass Carp

One of the most common problems that lake owners must deal with each spring and summer is unwanted aquatic vegetation. These aquatic weeds can be controlled chemically with aquatic herbicides, or biologically by introducing a plant-eating fish. The most common and effective biological control is the grass carp, or white amur ...

Threadfin Shad

Threadfin shad have proven to be an excellent forage fish for largemouth bass in fertile lakes and ponds. Threadfin rarely exceeds 5 to 7 inches in length, making them an ideal-size food item for almost all bass. They are schooling, filter-feeding baitfish that swim through the open water of the lake. Threadfin ar ...

Fathead Minnows

American Sport Fish Hatchery stocks fathead minnows. These minnows are best when stocked in new ponds. They are excellent forage for young bass. These minnows are typically stocked into new ponds at the same time as bluegill and shellcracker. In a newly-stocked pond, they provide abundant forage for the young ...

Golden Shiners

Golden shiners are widely used as live bait by freshwater fishermen. They are also a good source of food for bass. A population can easily be established in new ponds by stocking 1,000 shiners per acre, along with bluegill, shellcracker and fathead minnows. Established populations of golden shiners appear to reduce ...

Black Crappie

The black crappie is a popular predatory sport fish commonly found in lakes and reservoirs throughout the United States. They provide excellent angling opportunities, especially in the spring. Additionally, these fish are well known for their tasty flesh. They can be stocked in combination with largemouth bass and bluegill in la ...