Stocking Tools

Attempting to balance the fish composition in your new pond or lake can be a daunting task if you don't know where to start. With our brand new Stocking Rate Calculator, Arkansas Pondstockers has made it easier than ever!

Are you trying to balance a pond or lake that already contains fish? You can use these rates to get a general idea of what your pond needs, but it's recommended that you give us a call at 1-870-578-9773 and let one of our representatives help you decide what's right for your pond.

Here's How It Works

Step 1: Pond Surface Area

Enter the acreage or square footage of your pond or use our pond size calculator to estimate the surface area of your pond.

Step 2: Select an Option

Select one of our pre-calculated pond stocking recommendations that is customized for your pond's surface area.

Step 3: Place Your Order

Call us at 1-870-578-9773 and one of our representatives will place your order for the next Fish Day in your area. If you have any questions or need a custom plan we would be happy to help!

Disclaimer: The numbers generated below are tailored to ponds or lakes that meet the following requirements:

  • Must not already contain a significant fish population
  • Maintains sustainable dissolved oxygen levels
  • Maintains at least four feet of water over the vast majority of the surface area
  • Pond or lake water isn't harmful to fish (significantly bad pH levels, disease or parasite infestations, dangerous levels of toxic chemicals, etc.)
  • Doesn't have other factors that would otherwise inhibit the health or growth rate of fish (for example: an overabundance of snakes, turtles, fish-eating birds, etc.)

If your pond or lake doesn't meet these requirements, please give us a call instead of using the Stocking Rate Calculator and we will give you advice or guide you to resources that will help you obtain a healthy pond. We can't guarantee fish that are released into ponds and lakes that don't meet these requirements.

Step One: Pond Surface Area

Let's get started!

Enter either the acreage or square footage of your pond or lake below, or use our Pond Size Calculator to estimate the surface area of your pond.

Option One: Enter Surface Area

Surface Area

a half acre = 0.5 ac
1 and 3/4 acres = 1.75 ac

Option Two: Estimate Area

Pond Size Calculator

All measurements must be in feet

Select an option from above to continue.

Rectangle Shaped Pond

Note: these estimates will not be valid for egg-shaped ponds (ellipses). Please click "Odd-Shaped" above for details.

i.e. the total distance traveled when walking around your entire pond once

i.e. the longest distance possible from one end of your pond to the other in a straight line

Triangular Shaped Pond

Calculating the surface area of a pond or lake that doesn't fit one of the above shapes can be a little more difficult, but definitely not impossible. Here is a list of resources that you may find useful:

PennState: Pond Measurements
Daft Logic Area Calculator

Here's a neat tool from Daft Logic. Search for an address close to your pond and draw points to find the approximate acreage. All credit goes to Daft Logic for the above link. Arkansas Pondstockers is not affiliated with Daft Logic

Step Two: Select an Option

Notice: Grass carp are not available in Louisiana, Michigan, and Texas

Step Three: Place Your Order

Call Arkansas Pondstockers

Take the numbers generated above and place your order with one of our representatives. It's that easy! If you have any questions we are more than willing to help.


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It's very important to know how to release your fish once we deliver them to you. Improper release of your fish will likely result in a total loss, either because the fish weren't tempered correctly or the transport container is depleted of oxygen. We cannot guarantee fish that are improperly released.

Arkansas Pondstockers provides a free Fish Release Guide that will instruct you on the proper procedures for releasing your fish. You can read or print the guide here on this website or obtain a printed copy from your delivery driver.

Click Below to Access The Guide