Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District

Fish Sales

Fish Sale - Spring 2021

Fish Sale Information:
Orders for fish will be accepted online from 3/1 - 4/19/21.
Pick-up will be at the QCCA Expo Center parking lot in Rock Island from 8am - 10:30am on Wednesday May 5th. No refunds on fish not picked up. 

- All fish, except 8-10" catfish, will be pre-bagged and sealed in oxygenated water.
- Bring containers such as 5 gallon buckets, coolers or totes to secure the bags while travelling. 
- If ordering 8-10" catfish, you must bring a container with pond water. Pond water should be collected on the pick-up day to ensure sufficient oxygen.
- Bagged fish should be kept out of sunlight on your trip home.
- After pick-up, go directly to your pond and put your fish in. 
- Grass carp orders require a permit. We will need the county, property address, and pond/lake size in order to complete the permit. RISWCD will contact you to get the information required and complete the permit on your behalf. 

Hybrid Bluegill
Hybrid Bluegill come from crossing a male Bluegill with a female Green Sunfish. They produce 90% males so they do not over populate a pond. They are a good choice for small ponds and will grow ¼ to ½ lb. per year. They can reproduce with Bluegill. Grow to 7 to 10 inches long.


Hybrid Bluegill 1-2" – Bag of 250 $85


Hybrid Bluegill 3-5" – Bag of 50 $55

Red Ear Sunfish
Red Ear Sunfish are excellent in deeper ponds and with Bluegill and Hybrid Bluegill. They like to eat snails. Prefer warm water with heavy vegetation to hide in. They are also very hard fighters when hooked. A full-grown Red Ear Sunfish may weight up to 4 pounds if not overstocked in a pond.


Redear Sunfish 1-2" – Bag of 250 $85

Channel Catfish -
Channel Catfish are an excellent pond and stream fish. They prefer moving water with a rocky and sandy bottom. They also like to hide in old logs or trees that have fallen in the water. Channel Catish may grow up to 4 feet long and weigh as much as 50 pounds. They make an excellent sport fish.


Channel Catfish 8-10" – Individual $1.50 each


Channel Catfish 8-10" – Bag of 50 $65


Albino Catfish 6-8" – Individual $2 each

Bluegill are an excellent sport and pond fish that grows a little slower than sunfish. Bluegill like to hide in old logs or around plants in the water. They will bite on many different kinds of bait. When the pond is not overpopulated, Bluegill will grow to be 7 to 10 inches long.


Bluegill 1-2" – Bag of 250 $85


Bluegill 3-5" – Bag of 50 $55

Fathead Minnows
Fathead Minnows are especially important when stocking new ponds as a forage crop for other game fish. You should stock at a rate of 1000 per surface acre. Fathead Minnows will grow between 2 and 3 inches long and reproduce in the Spring.


Quantity: Per Pound - Avg. 100/lb. Fathead Minnows - $14/lb.

Largemouth Bass
Bass are one of the most sought after game fish. The Largemouth Bass is a predator on many species. They will bite on many different types of bait. Average size is 20 inches and life span can be as long as 23 years.


*** SOLD OUT ***


Triploid Grass Carp
Triploid Grass Carp are reproductively sterile fish that feed on aquatic vegetation. This species is regulated in the State of Illinois and a permit is required. They typically live 5 to 10 years and can grow very large reaching over 50 lbs. Removal is difficult. Triploid Grass Carp, if stocked correctly, can eliminate many types of aquatic vegetation. However, in certain situations they can be detrimental to the pond because they consume beneficial vegetation. Aquatic weeds work as a filter, taking in nutrients from the water column. If the carp consume the weeds, the capacity of the pond to process nutrients is greatly reduced, and as a result algae blooms can occur. Also, the loss of aquatic vegetation is detrimental to fish habitat. For these reasons, we only recommend Triploid Grass Carp in certain situations where beneficial vegetation is not desired.

*Prior to stocking triploid grass carp and fine tuning your strategy, understand the pros and cons of them as a management tool. For more information on using Triploid Grass Carp as a pond management tool, please review the resources listed below.
AQUAGUIDE from Missouri Department of Conservation: Grass Carp Control Weeds in Ponds & Lakes
List of Aquatic Plants, level of Triploid Grass Carp preference, and effectiveness in providing control


Triploid Grass Carp 10-14" – Individual $14 each

Additional Information on private ponds and fish is available at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Aquatic Managment page.