*all fish are certified disease free*
We sell many types of fish such as trout, catfish, walleye, perch,
fathead minnows, and triploid grass carp — but our specialty
is largemouth and smallmouth bass. In fact, we are the largest bass rearing facility in the northeast.
From New England to the Mid-Atlantic states, if you want to stock a pond, lake or stream we may be able to help. With plenty of carrying capacity on our delivery truck we can easily carry large loads of fish hundreds of miles from our farm in central New York.
Hickling's Fish Farm, Inc. is a family owned and operated business
that has been supplying fish for stocking and wholesale since 1986.
Vincent and Linda Hickling started the business after selling the
dairy farm that they had worked for 27 years. Since then, they
have evolved from hatching trout in the basement of their home
to raising fish in over 30 ponds and in 3 climate controlled buildings
containing approximately 23,000 sq. ft. with a capacity of nearly
330,000 gallons of water. Vincent and Linda's son and daughter-in-law,
Darin and Bonnie, came into the business full time in the spring
of 2003. Darin grew up on the dairy and fish farms, then received
his bachelor's degree in civil engineering technology. He worked
as a staking engineer for the local electric co-op for nearly 6
years before realizing his true calling and returning to the business
Family is a priority for the Hicklings. All of Vinnie and Linda's
children live within a few miles, which is a blessing as it
keeps all of their grandchildren close. One of their grandsons, Chris, came into the business full time in the spring of '09 and a second grandson, David, came in full time in the spring of '12.
One of Vinnie's brothers, Lawrence, also lives within 2 miles of
them and works the original dairy farm that has been in the family
since the 1880's, with his wife, Joyce, and son, Paul. Everyone
gets together often for pizza or barbecues, and it is unusual to
have less than a table full for lunch.
Our bass are raised in three climate controlled buildings in which
the water is recirculated through our own custom built sludge traps
and biofilters. We are now offering this technology to you. Check
out our Hickling Sludge Traps and Biofilters page.
In our experience, one of the best methods of weed control is
the triploid grass carp. They are a very effective alternative
to chemicals and in the end probably more affordable and hassle-free.
The carp are fairly expensive but the recommended stocking rate
is only about 10 to 12 fish per acre. So, when you divide the initial
cost by their useful life of 4-5 years, it really is a good option.
Most weed control chemicals are expensive and need to be applied
multiple times per year. Triploid grass carp are genetically altered
so they will not reproduce in your pond. Regular (diploid)
grass carp are illegal in New York because if they were to get
into public waters they would wreak havoc on the vegetation. For
this reason you must obtain a special permit from the DEC in order
to purchase triploid grass carp. You can get contact information
for your regional DEC office at http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/558.html. Once there click on "DEC Regions" on the menu on the right then click on the region that corresponds with your county.
This should give you the contact information for your local DEC Fisheries office. There is no cost for the permit, but you will have to answer a
few questions about your pond, and they will determine the maximum number that
you may stock.
Hickling's Fish Farm sells Silver Cup Fish Food. Raising fish
in a system in which we recirculate the water requires that we
use the best food on the market. That is why this is the only brand
of fish food used at our farm. In fact this is the brand used by
most large fish farms. The fish food is a floating pellet sold
in various sizes depending on the size of the fish that you are
feeding. The cost is $46 plus tax for a 40-pound bag.
Climate-controlled grow-out facility
Large raceways used to grow bass |
An example of bass grown at our facility