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Undesirable Fish Species

Watch a video about these undesirable fish species.

Pond owners should never stock any species of fish without first consulting a fishery biologist. Species such as shad, crappie, shiners, bullhead catfish or hybrid bream can cause problems to pond balance and are only advisable under specific circumstances. Wild fish may also enter the pond from the watershed through no fault of the owner. Once undesirable species have become established, the only remedies are to drain the pond or attempt to control their numbers by increasing the bass population if the wild fish can be eaten by the bass.

Some Common Fish Species that are Undesirable in Alabama Ponds

golden shiner drawn by Duane Raver of the USFWS
Golden Shiner

white crappie drawn by Duane Raver of the USFWS
Crappie

gizzard shad drawn by Duane Raver of the USFWS
Gizzard Shad

brown bullhead drawn by Duane Raver of the USFWS
Bullhead

The information above came from the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division's booklet Sportfish Management in Alabama Ponds, which is available as a PDF.


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