*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.

 

fish hauling truck   fish hauling truck

stocking trout

 

 

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 $44 plus tax for a 40-pound bag.

 

indoor bass hatchery
    Climate-controlled grow-out facility
large raceway for growing bass
Large raceways used to grow bass
farm raised largemouth bass
An example of bass grown at our facility

 

 

Mail: 143 Hickling Rd, Edmeston, NY 13335

Phone: (607) 965-8488

Fax: (607) 965-2367

E-mail: hickfish@gmail.com

Hickling's Fish Farm is located in central New York, about 18 miles west of Cooperstown and approximately 35 miles south of Utica. We DO NOT recommend using GPS or computer mapping programs for directions to our farm.  There are a lot of seasonal roads in our area and they tend to send you over some of these roads.  Click below for the best directions from different areas in the state.

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