Mahoning SWCD opens fish sale in fall to support pond owners | News, sports, jobs

Youngston – The Mahoning Soil and Water Conservation District has announced plans to sell spring fish, which supports local pond and lake owners. Fingerling size fish requests must be sent to the district office by September 22nd. Reception will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. on September 28 at the Canfield Fairgrounds.

Fish available to order include bighead minnow, white amour, Japanese koi, largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch, catfish, hybrid bluegill and shell snappers. Fish foods, pond conditioners, and pond maintenance books are also available.

“Stocking ponds in the fall is important to the overall health of the aquatic environment,” said Kathleen Vrabel Bryan, District Administrator. “The cooler temperatures make relocation less stressful for the fish, as it will provide more of them for the fall and winter catch. Other forage fish should also be introduced at this time to accommodate the spring introduction of larger predatory fish.

Applications may be submitted to the district office by phone at 330-740-7995 or

Reception will require a container lined with a heavy-duty unscented black garbage bag filled with water from the pond in which the fish will live. The bag should be large enough to tie at the top.

District staff recommend drinking 5 to 8 gallons of water for every 100 fish. The white things should be placed in a container with a lid or liner large enough to tie at the top. Five gallons of water are required for every 2 white matter.

For pickup information or recommendations, contact the district office.

The Mahoning County Soil and Water Conservation District develops best management practices for the conservation of land and water resources by providing education, technical assistance, and oversight. Founded in 1950, the district employs a small team of environmental professionals who lead efforts in community and school outreach, storm water control, watershed protection, pond management and more. The district is governed by a five-member volunteer board of supervisors, with offices at 850 Industrial Way in Youngstown. More information is available from

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