Undesirable Fish Species

Many species of fish are undesirable to stock into Texas ponds for a variety of reasons. It might be that they are poor forage species, major egg predators, muddy pond waters, competition for desirbale fish species, prone to stunting or over-reproduction, prey on juveniles of desirable fish species, or even prey on adult species of high value such as largemouth bass. No matter the reason, if you are absolutely resolute in stocking one of the species below, you should do so only after consulting a trained biologist and formulating a very sound management plan that you will adhere to without waiver. No matter the management plan, some species should never be stocked into Texas ponds, for any reason.

Gizzard Shad

Green Sunfish

Golden Shiners

Crappie – Both Black and White

Flathead Catfish (Mud Cat, Yellow Cat, Opelousas)

Hybrid Sunfish (Any cross between bluegill, redear, green sunfish, warmouth, or any other Lepomis species)

Bullheads (Brown, Black, or Yellow)

Common Carp


Gar (Spotted, Longnose, Shortnose, or Alligator)


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