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Private Fish Ponds - South Coast Basin

The type of fish that you can stock in your pond is determined by a local ODFW fisheries biologist and Fish Division Managers. ODFW fish stocking guidelines for private ponds are intended to provide private pond owners a clear list of fish species approved for their local areas and what pond conditions must be in place for stocking to occur. Biologists will also provide general advice on which fish species are most likely to thrive in your pond without harming native fish communities. As Oregon has many native fish species and some are listed as endangered species or sensitive species, some stocking may not be allowed in areas where introductions of non native fish may pose a risk to native species. Generally speaking, stocking of rainbow trout is allowed statewide in ponds with adequate screens or ponds with no outlets. Triploid trout are preferred in areas where ponds are located in a floodplain and in general are preferred for private pond stocking. New ponds that do not have a record of being stocked will need to be inspected by ODFW staff before a transport permit is approved. If other native species such as spotted frog and pond turtles are present, fish stocking may not be allowed; however, ODFW is interested in working cooperatively with landowners who may have these species in their ponds.

The type of fish that you can stock in your pond is determined by a local ODFW fisheries biologist and Fish Division Managers. ODFW fish stocking guidelines for private ponds are intended to provide private pond owners a clear list of fish species approved for their local areas and what pond conditions must be in place for stocking to occur. Biologists will also provide general advice on which fish species are most likely to thrive in your pond without harming native fish communities. As Oregon has many native fish species and some are listed as endangered species or sensitive species, some stocking may not be allowed in areas where stocking of non native fish may pose a risk to native species. Generally speaking, stocking of rainbow trout is allowed statewide in ponds with adequate screens or ponds with no outlets. Triploid trout are preferred in areas where ponds are located in a floodplain and in general are preferred for private pond stocking. New ponds that do not have a record of being stocked will need to be inspected by ODFW staff before a transport permit is approved. If other native species such as spotted frog and pond turtles are present, fish stocking may not be allowed; however, ODFW is interested in working cooperatively with landowners who may have these species in their ponds.

Many other species of fish common to the Midwest and Eastern part of the United States are prohibited in Oregon. Some of these species include: Carp (Silver, Snakehead, Bighead, etc.), Bowfin, Alligator gar, Pike, and Muskellunge (OAR 635-056-0050 and 635-006-0230). Brook trout or brown trout stocking are not allowed in Oregon under Oregon Revised Rule 635-007-0600(5)(a).

A list of prohibited species (pdf)

  “Grass carp” (Cteneropharyngodon idella) require a special stocking permit as they are a controlled species.

More information on grass carp

The table below lists species of fish currently propagated by licensed private fish producers in Oregon that are available for stocking into private ponds if ponds meet stocking guidelines in the basin. For more information, you may call the local ODFW biologist at 541-888-5515 or if you are located south of Bandon you may call 541-247-7605.

Fish Stocking Guide-South Coast Basin

Type of Fish

Allowed

Restrictions

Bass, largemouth and smallmouth

Largemouth bass allowed in approved areas only.

No smallmouth bass stocking  allowed anywhere in the basin.

No stocking allowed of smallmouth bass allowed in the basin as they are able to easily establish in flowing waters and can cause detrimental impacts on native fish, especially juvenile salmonids.

No stocking allowed of largemouth or smallmouth bass in the Chetco subbasin as they are not present in the area.

Bluegill or Pumpkinseed

In approved areas only.

No stocking allowed in the Chetco subbasin.

Brook Trout

Not allowed anywhere in the basin.

No brook trout stocking allowed in any area of the South Coast basin.

Brown Trout

Not allowed anywhere in the basin.

No brown trout stocking allowed in any area of the South Coast basin.

Bullhead catfish

In approved areas only.

All stocking requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis in the entire basin. Ponds must be properly screened and not in a floodplain.

No stocking allowed in the Chetco subbasin.

Channel catfish

No stocking  allowed anywhere in the basin.

No stocking allowed of channel catfish allowed in the basin as they are non-native; can easily establish in flowing waters; are highly predatory; and can cause major detrimental impacts on native fish, especially juvenile salmonids.

Crappie, White and Black

In approved areas only north of the Coquille River.

No stocking of white of black crappie allowed south of the Coquille River.

All stocking requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis in the entire basin. Ponds must be properly screened and not in a floodplain.

No stocking allowed of black crappie or white crappie in any area south of the Coquille River as they are not present in these areas.

Mosquitofish (“Gambusia”)

In approved areas only.

All stocking requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis in the entire basin. Ponds must be properly screened and not in a floodplain.

No stocking allowed in water bodies with any connection to flowing water, regardless of screen specifications.

Rainbow Trout
(includes  triploids, Kamloops, Golden, Donaldson Trout)

Rainbow trout may be stocked in approved ponds with no outlets or ponds with adequate screening.

Triploid trout are preferred in ponds located in areas where there is any possibility of the fish escaping or in ponds located in floodplain areas.

Sturgeon

In approved areas only.

White sturgeon are not native to the South Coast basin and stocking requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis to ensure that ponds provide adequate confinement and are suitable for stocking of sturgeon and do not threaten native green sturgeon populations.

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