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Acadiana Fish Hatchery

Louisiana’s #1 Source for Private Lake and Pond Stocking

Our Recommendations for Lake and Pond Stocking

The following stocking rates are commonly recommended by Acadiana Fish Hatchery for new lakes and ponds. They are based on 20 years of experience and a review of existing stocking recommendations by other authoritative sources. We not only have hatchery experience, but have managed a successful private lease fishing club on premises for the past 22 years. Our private lakes are stocked according to the following chart below. Successful fishing is our intended goal for our clients. The average wait time for all orders is two weeks or less.

We are an exclusive Louisiana Fish Hatchery with over 48 lakes and ponds on premises. Our fish are cultured right here in Louisiana on our 110 acre fish farm, near Lafayette, LA. Unlike our competitors we do not have to haul your fish over hundreds of miles from out of state. This means you will get healthy, vibrant fingerlings that have never been iced down for transport due to the fact the fish are cultured locally. Out of state vendors will often ice down your fish for transport, our fish are always freshly harvested and never iced down. In fact, Louisiana is the only state we sell fish in because we believe in providing the highest quality product; and we know the health of the fingerlings depend on quickly transferring the fish from our ponds to yours.

If you are looking for a fish that is comparable with the Georgia Giant Bream, we offer our Giant Florida Hybrid Bream as well as our Hybrid Coppernose Bluegill.

Shepherd’s Acadiana Fish Hatchery

Acadiana Fish Hatchery, is Louisiana’s #1 source for game fish lake and pond stocking. We are Louisiana’s premier source of largemouth bass, coppernose bluegill, hybrid coppernose bluegill, redear bream, native bluegill bream, giant Florida hybrid bream, and fathead minnows. We have been stocking ponds in Louisiana since 1994. With 20 years of experience we feel that we have both the knowledge and expert advice to offer to our customers; helping you have the best fishing experience possible in your own backyard lake or pond. Our fish are hatched and raised in our 48 ponds right here in the heart of Acadiana; 10 miles south of Lafayette! Hatchery pick up hours are Saturdays from 8am to 12pm (noon). Please call (337) 230-0123 during the week to place an order.

Stocking PresentationsTypes of FishStocking Rate:
Fish per Acre
Regular Stocking:
(North of Alexandria, LA)
Largemouth Bass
Coppernose or Native Bluegill
Fathead Minnow
Redear Bream (optional)
50-100
500-1000
1000-2000
100-200
Regular Stocking:
(South of Alexandria, LA)
*Because of longer growing seasons
Largemouth Bass
Coppernose or Native Bluegill
Fathead Minnow
Redear Bream (optional)
100-200
1000-2000
1000-2000
200
Enhanced Action Stocking:
*only for 5 acre ponds or less
Largemouth Bass
Hybrid Coppernose Bluegill
Redear (optional)
Fathead Minnow
100-200
2000-3000
200
1000-2000
Enhanced Action Stocking
*only for 5 acre ponds or less
Largemouth Bass
Giant Flordia Hybrid Bream
Redear (optional)
Fathead Minnow
100-200
2000-3000
200
1000-2000
Types of FishPrice
Largemouth BassCall for price
Coppernose Bluegill Bream$0.40
Hybrid Coppernose Bluegill$0.40
Giant Florida Hybrid Bream$0.40
Hybrid Bluegill Bream$0.40
Native Bluegill Bream$0.40
Redear Bream$0.40
Fathead Minnow$0.05

Regular Stocking

We highly recommend waiting to stock the Largemouth Bass after Bluegill and Fatheads are established. Bass and bream ponds are the easiest to manage. Ponds north of Alexandria, LA should stock at lower end of the recommendations.

Enhanced Action Stocking

Our private fishing club members love these ponds the best. The catch is much better than the Regular Stocking presentation. Large Hybrid Bream bite better than large Pure Bream during the hot summer months. Kids will not be bored with this stocking presentation. Wait to stock Largemouth Bass after Bream and Minnows are established.