Aquaculture Day Highlights Wisconsin’s Fish Farms
with State Wide Open Houses
Saturday, July 16, 2016
The Wisconsin Aquaculture Association, along with member fish farms, is celebrating this day with their Annual State Wide Open House on Saturday, July 16, 2016. The fish farmers of Wisconsin are opening their farms to the public, promoting Wisconsin aquaculture and explaining the importance of locally grown, fresh, safe fish. They are working together to encourage people to visit a local fish farm and learn firsthand about aquaculture, become more aware of the role commercial aquaculture plays in the state’s economy, local communities, recreational opportunities and in providing a safe healthy food.
Wisconsin currently has over 2,800 registered fish farms, comprising 1,984 private farms with ponds, 125 business farms, 213 public fee fishing farms, 6 wholesale fish processing farms, and 95 farms processing fish for human consumption. Wisconsin’s fish farmers contribute $21 million to Wisconsin’s economy through live bait, fee fishing, stocking and food fish production. Wisconsin is the largest seller/producer of aquaculture products in the Midwest with their products not only supplying gamefish and bait for recreational use, but their high quality food fish are offered in some of the top restaurants and stores in the Upper Midwest.
Throughout the state, fish farms will be open to the public. Individual fish farms will offer free events such as farm tours, demonstrations, fish recipes, and various talks. Some farms will also have fish products (fresh, smoked, and spreads) for sampling and sale or offer fee fishing - a fun time for the family and a great opportunity to buy fresh Wisconsin produced food from a local farmer. Learn about raising fish, various culture techniques, pond management and fish health programs or just have fun fishing! To find a farm near you, see the list below.
Aquaculture, or fish farming, is defined as the raising of aquatic organisms in controlled settings, and Wisconsin’s private aquaculture dates back to 1856. Wisconsin fish farming is very diverse - raising trout, yellow perch, and bluegills for food; walleye, northern pike, muskie and bass for stocking, and minnows for bait. Wisconsin fish farmers take pride in providing fish that are veterinarian certified healthy.
Americans consume almost 17 pounds of fish or seafood each year but over 80% of that is imported. Wisconsin fish farmers are raising safe, high quality, fresh fish on a farm near you. And based on tests conducted to date, there are no suggested restrictions on the consumption of Wisconsin farm-raised fish.
Who should attend: Everyone who loves to fish or eat fish, wants to know more about fish farming, and wants to see first hand what aquaculture is all about and anyone who wants to know where to buy Wisconsin raised fish.
Cost: There is no cost to visit the fish farm or for demonstrations or talks, individual fish farms will charge for fishing or purchase of their products.
Locations: See listing below
Contact: Cindy Johnson, Wisconsin Aquaculture Association, 814-515-2570 or email Cindy@WisconsinAquaculture.com for additional information.
2016 Wisconsin Aquaculture Day, Participating Farms
Check back for more additions and updates!
If you are planning on purchasing any products, please bring a cooler with ice for transporting your purchases. Fish prices vary from farm to farm as well as the use of poles. Please note that some farms may prohibit use of your own equipment. Some farms request that you call ahead of time if you want to purchase fish. For more information, call or visit each farm’s website.
Blue Iris Fish Farm
N5811 Twelve Corners Rd
Black Creek, WI 54106
Bill West, Owner
Bullfrog's Eat My Fish Farm
N1321 Bullfrog Rd / 566th St
Menomonie, WI 54751
Herby Radmann, Soul Proprietor
Dave Sundal, Farm Manager
Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility – University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Red Cliff, WI
Located at 36445 State Highway 13, across from Bradum Road
1.5 miles west of Red Cliff on Highway 13. 4 miles north of Bayfield
Look for sign and gated driveway on south side of road.
Emma Wiermaa, Outreach Specialist
Port Fish, LTD
3781 County Road KW, Knellsville, WI
We are on the north side of the old Port Washington Feed Mill, just north of the intersection of County Road H
(to Fredonia) and County Road KW (to Belgium).
Pat Wilborn & Mike Richards
Roeseler Fish Farm
N3998 Junction Road
Juneau, WI 53039
Rushing Waters Fisheries, Ltd.
N301 Hwy H
Palmyra, WI 53156
Peter Fritsch, President
Silver Moon Springs, LLC
W4852 Hwy 64
Elton, WI 54430
Tim Winkel, Owner
Timberline Trout Ranch
2963 22nd Ave
Rice Lake, WI 54868
Dennis Penzkover, owner
From Hwy 48 go 3 miles east through Campion, take right on County NN and go 1 mile south, take a left on 22nd Ave, we are 2.5 miles east.
From County Road C, take a left ion County Road NN, go 1 mile north and take a right on 22nd Ave, we are 2.5 miles down the road.
Valley Springs Trout Farm, LLC
N2101 590th St
Bay City, WI 54723
Spence Driver, Owner
Vozka’s Fish Farm
N6715 County V
Deerbrook, WI 54424
9 miles north of Antigo on Hwy 45, on right. Watch for our pond windmills!
Joe Vozka, owner
Wilderness Springs, Inc.
N4923 Lange Dr.
New London, WI 54961
3 miles west of New London, turn north onto Madden Rd. 1 mile to Lange Dr.
Mike & Kathy Foster, owners