Thursday, February 11, 2021
We are announcing our retirement today.
With reluctance, we are announcing we will no longer operate. Running a fish business is tougher as we age! We
have some circular tanks, transport tanks, air blowers, aerators and other equipment available for sale which would be perfect
for a small operator to get started in the minnow or warm water fish business. Feel free to contact us for more information:
Thu, February 11, 2021 | link
Saturday, April 18, 2020
We are impacted by the State of VA orders to stay home until mid-May. We are taking these orders seriously for our saftey
and yours. We have a small window to sell carp in the spring, as it gets too hot in early June to handle fish.
We are evaluating how to respond, and we understand you want answers soon. I will post again with updated plans.
Sat, April 18, 2020 | link
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Grass Carp Sales and Deliveries Begin in May 2020
We plan to begin deliveries in May this year, but that start is always contingent on weather. We will update this decision
Tue, February 25, 2020 | link
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Cold weather is here, see you in the spring!
We have finished up for the year. Thanks for your business. We will reopen in April 2020.
Wed, November 6, 2019 | link
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
End of the Season
Tue, October 15, 2019 | link
We had a great fall stocking season, despite the warmer than normal weather in September delaying our shipments a few weeks.
We had many customers who have never seen so many weeds in their ponds. This is due to the low rainfall and hot days,
which are ideal for weed growth. Hopefully this won't be repeated next year.
One of the highlights
of the year was hearing from two different customers that they had a couple carp live up to 19 years and 20 years. While
this is unsual and should not be expected, it's great news to share. These fish were upwards of 40 inches and 30-40
lbs. It is known that the older the fish are the less they eat, but it was clear the folks were happy to have had these
senior fish with them so long.
We are winding down now, with only one scheduled shipment left this year before we close
for winter. Our next shipment will be along the I-64 corridor from Staunton to Williamsburg on Oct 24.
to all our 2019 customers for making it one of our top 3 best years of sales.
Monday, May 20, 2019
Another great spring stocking season!
We have just completed our spring stockings, and due to unusually warm temperatures, we will not be getting in more fish until
September 2019. There was strong demand for carp, and many customers are saying that their weeds were thicker than
normal this year. Thanks to all my customers, and to VA DGIF for processing al their permits quickly! Have a good
Mon, May 20, 2019 | link
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Open for Business
Happy New Year! We are currently taking orders for carp. Our plan for the spring is to mostly deliver fish to
central points across the state or directly to your property for a fee based on distance and time to acclimate and stock the
fish in your pond or lake. The facility in Deltaville does not allow us to have customers pick up at his time, but we
hope to be built out by fall.
Wed, March 20, 2019 | link
Friday, December 7, 2018
Moving Hatchery Facilities in 2018
We will be leaving Fairfax VA after 21 years in northern Virginia. Our new facility will be completed in early 2019,
in time for spring stocking.
Fri, December 7, 2018 | link
Sunday, October 14, 2018
End of Season Next Week
I'ts been a big year, with most fish sales since we started in Fairfax in 1995. Next week we will have fulfuilled all
outstanding orders. We will be closing the operations and transition to maintaining tanks after October 21. If
you have not picked up your fish, you will be contacted shortly. Thanks to all for a successful stocking season, and
we will see you next year startig in April.
Sun, October 14, 2018 | link
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Fall Orders being filled starting this week
Tue, September 25, 2018 | link
I am getting a shipment of carp in Thursday, and will begin PICKUP orders in Fairfax for NOVA customers. Pickups in Fairfax
through the weekend. Saturday Sept 29 after 10 am will take me to Warrenton, Culpeper, Charlottesville, and Staunton.
Oct 9 will focus on the Richmond East and Chester areas.
Tuesday Oct 16 will complete orders in Williamsburg,
Gloucester, and Topping
Please call if you have questions.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
June Stockings are Complete- and why I don't handle carp in the summer.
Thu, June 21, 2018 | link
This year's abnormally high temperatures have reduced our spring stocking season by a couple weeks, so we will not be selling
carp again until mid to late September.
We know that weeds are most problematic in the summer, however handling
carp in hot weather brings on health problems, and the stress of transport and introduction to ponds further increases these
conditions. Warm water during transport holds less oxygen, so keeping the water cooled to under 65 degrees is best,
but many ponds are now over 87 degrees or even higher if your water is dark. Therefore, fish must be slowly brought
to pond temperature, or the stress can be fatal. As the fish warm up during acclimation, they become much more active,
and often the jumping and bumping into their tank mates causes them to lose protective scales. Since our fish are GUARANTEED
5 days, we just don't take chances with known fish health problems.
While we could sell a lot more fish this time
of year, customers would likely be less satisfied with the results.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Carp are coming Thursday May 31, with possible evening pickups. FAIRFAX pickups will be by appointment on Friday June 1.
I will deliver limited large orders on Thursday and if I have returned to Fairfax early enough Thursday, I may be available
for evening pickups in Fairfax by appointment- likely not before 4 or 6 PM. Friday beginning at 8:30 AM I will be filling
scheduled pickups in Fairfax, all day by appointment only. I expect to run out of stock, and the next shipment will
be about two weeks from now. Several customers have been waiting over two months, so if you just placed an order,
you may need to wait for the next shipment. Look for an email from me or call for further details. I am sorry
if I cannot return all calls promptly, but I will get to them soon. Thanks, Carl
Tue, May 29, 2018 | link
Friday, May 4, 2018
Getting another shipment around May 25
Fri, May 4, 2018 | link
We have sold out and the next shipment is expected between May 18 and 25. Our earlier stocking were very successful
and I enjoyed meeting all of the customers. Please get your permits submitted to VA Game and Inland FIsheries at https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/private-pond-management/triploid-grass-carp-stocking-for-aquatic-vegetation-control/
will have fish through the end of June if weather doesn't get too hot.
Friday, April 27, 2018
We Are Open for 2018 Spring Season
This week we opened and started filling orders that have accumulated since winter. We only have 24 left now and will
be getting more in a few weeks- probably about May 15. It's hard to estimate an arrival time, since we have to have
several hundred on order to get a shipment in, and we are about half way there now.
Fri, April 27, 2018 | link
Sunday, December 10, 2017
When is the best time to stock carp?
Sun, December 10, 2017 | link
I get this question all the time. The answer is usually "now", when you realize you need them. If
weeds are still growing, then don't wait, carp will begin to work immediately.
If you have the luxury of being
able to plan ahead, like during the winter when weeds don't grow much, there are times when you can stock carp more
1. Stocking April to mid-June assures the fish will be there and are healthy
for the worst of the weed season. Thus, its my first choice for "the best time to stock".
My second choice would be end of September to end of October. This time period assures they will be
there in the early spring when weeds start to grow- even if that is in February! If you have a alot of winter and spring
flooding or water going over a dam without a fish barrier, then late spring may be best.
Hot summer months are the times
to avoid. In my opinion, carp should not be handled in VA from the end of June to the middle of September because higher
water temperatures are more conducive to pathogens that weaken carp and increase stress, and warm water holds less oxygen
than cold water. Netting and tranpsorting causes stress and if fish are not strong when doing so there can be problems.
But once carp are established in your pond, they are very strong and can endure ice-covered ponds and those that warm up to
over 90 degrees.