2017 Fish Sale & Fish Descriptions

Fish Sale

OUR 2017 Sale is - limited - Call Don at 419-669-4084 to check availability  

 

Due to the quantity of fish we get in and our limited holding facilities we are accepting only PRE-orders. Below is a listing of the fish we will have available this spring. We will call you once fish arrive and we have assured their health. We will set up a pick up time with you when we call.Please bring either five gallon buckets or boxes for transport. IBN will package your fish in plastic bags along with oxygen to ensure your fish travel home safely. PLASTIC BAGS ARE a Must!!!

Prices and Availability may change without notice.

Call for Availability 

Our Hours for Fish Pick up: M-F 8 a.m. til 3  Saturdays by Appointment

 

To learn more about Tilapia 

 

Call us to help you determine what fish will best suit your pond needs  We will call you to let arrange a pick up time, once fish have arrived. Please bring 5 gal. buckets or boxes to keep fish safe during transportation. Fish MUST be placed in plastic fish bags with oxygen, there is a $3.50/bag & oxygen charge. *All Orders Subject to availability.

 *Prices and Availability may change without notice.

               Fathead Minnows              $10/#

3-5”        Hybrid Striped Bass            $2.50 each

4-6”        Yellow Perch                      $2.50 each ( other may be available, please call)

2-4”        Red Ear Sunfish                 $1.00 each

10-12”     White Amur                      $16.00 each

 

Bags and Oxygen                             $3.50 each

High Protein Fish Food                      $1.20#

 

Fish Descriptions

 

 Largemouth Bass  Micropterus sal moides

A highly adaptive and well-suited predator for ponds and small lakes, the largemouth bass is undoubtedly North America’s most popular game fish.  Reaching lengths of 20 inches, largemouth have a varied diet including crustaceans, insects, fish, and reptiles.  Preferred habitat includes abundant vegetation and clear water with spawning occurring on gravel, sand, and hard clays. 

 

Hybrid Striped Bass  Morone saxatilis x M. chrysops

A genetic cross between a striped bass and a white bass, the hybrid striped bass combines excellent fish diversity and manageability within ponds and small lakes.  Hybrid stripers are a pelagic—open water—species, inhabiting areas not occupied by traditional pond predators.  Hybrid stripers do not reproduce in ponds and obtain lengths up to 25 inches.  

 

Yellow Perch  Perca flavescens

Renowned for its mild, flaky flesh, the yellow perch is becoming ever-more popular for stocking into ponds and small lakes.  Although adapted to large lake inhabitance, the yellow perch can be successfully raised in smaller ponds and lakes with a little effort.  Yellow perch primarily feed on insects and small fish in and around vegetated areas and reach lengths of 14 inches.  

 

Bluegill  Lepomis macrochirus

Undisputedly, bluegill are the most popular prey species for ponds and small lakes.  In ponds, bluegills primarily consume small crustaceans and insects.  Preferred spawning habitats include shallow sand, gravel, or muck bottoms, where nests are constructed and guarded by the male.  Reaching lengths of 10 inches, bluegills provide excellent fishing and table fare.

 

Redear Sunfish  Lepomis microlophus

A close relative of the bluegill, redear Sunfish have proven to be an excellent addition to many ponds.  In addition to feeding on small crustaceans and insects, redear prefer a diet of snails and other mollusks.  Upon spawning, redear also move inshore and build nests in gravel, sand, and clay bottoms.  Throughout the rest of the year, redear gravitate around structure, making them better suited for ponds used for swimming. 

 

White Amur  Ctenopharyngodon idella

 White amur or grass carp provide an effective and economical means of controlling specific types of unwanted rooted vegetation.  Certified sterile, white amur will not reproduce in ponds.  White amur often obtain lengths of 36-48 inches within 3-7 years of stocking.

  

Fathead Minnow  Pimephales promelas

Fatheads are a robust forage fish stocked primarily to enhance the growth of predators within a pond. With adults only reaching 1.5 – 3.0 inches in length, they provide excellent forage for small to medium size largemouth bass and yellow perch.  Spawning habitat includes the underside of submerged structures such as rocks and logs. 

 

 

All Tilapia are NOT Equal

IBN sells ONLY Pure Blue Tilapia NOT hybrid Tilapia. When you buy Blue Tilapia from IBN you get:

  • 6" plus fish that are Brood Stock - ready to reproduce
  • Blue Tilapia live longer 
  • Begin eating plant material right away

Why Stocking "Tilapia" is not the same

  • Smaller Sized Fish are not ready to reproduce
  • Stocked Later in Season
  • Die Earlier in Season

 

By stocking smaller Tilapia you will NOT have the same amount of overall consumption! Don't fall into the trap of buying smaller fish. 

 

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Nutrients are key in natural pond management. Our management techniques identify nutrient problems, develop means of reducing nutrient input, and provide long term control of residual nutrients. In doing so, we are taking the excessive nutrients responsible for nuisance plant growth and converting them into more manageable plant and animal growth.  Using an array of tools such as Beneficial Microbes and Bottom Aeration, Inspired By Nature, Inc. provides safe, low maintenance, and affordable solutions for your pond or lake.

To inquire or order any of our products or services please contact us at 419-669-4084

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