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The stocking database allows you to quickly see where fish have been stocked throughout Wisconsin in past years in case you are interested in targeting stocked waters. The species of fish stocked in Wisconsin include brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, coho salmon, chinook salmon, steelhead, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, lake sturgeon, muskellunge, northern pike, and walleye. The number and size of fish stocked are based on the size of the waterbody and the management goal for that waterbody.Fish managers consider many factors including growth rate, mortality, habitat, and the amount of natural reproduction when determining the number and size of fish to be stocked.

The fisheries biologist for the county of interest will receive an automated e-mail, notifying them that a stocking permit application is ready for review as soon as you click the "Print for Signature" button at the bottom of the application.

DNR cannot issue a stocking permit unless the Fish Health Certificate (FHC) is submitted along with your application.

This certification is required under Chapter 29.736 of the Wisconsin State Statutes.

What do I need if I want to stock fish in Wisconsin? This general permit allows stocking of native Wisconsin fishes in a self-contained body of water that is located entirely on private property owned by a person (not a municipality or business).

This prevents the need for most people with a “private pond” to register as a fish farm with the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, although they must still follow fishing season, bag, and length limits.

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