Aquaculture Day Highlights Wisconsin’s Fish Farms
with State Wide Open Houses
Saturday, July 18, 2015
The Wisconsin Aquaculture Association, along with member fish farms, is celebrating this day with their Annual State Wide Open House on Saturday, July 18, 2015. With the increase in public awareness of their food sources, 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. The fish farmers of Wisconsin 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.
On April 26, 2010, the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly passed a joint resolution declaring the 3rd Saturday in July as Aquaculture Day. This resolution acknowledges aquaculture (fish farming) as an important agricultural industry in Wisconsin and having a sound environmental history using sustainable best management practices. 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.
2015 Wisconsin Aquaculture Day, Participating Farms
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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.
Bullfrog's Eat My Fish Farm
N1321 Bullfrog Rd / 566th St
Menomonie, WI 54751
Herby Radmann, Soul Proprietor
Dave Sundal, Farm Manager
July 18 & 19 hours: 12- 6pm
Normal hours: Sat/Sun 12 – 6pm, or by appt
Dedicated to the genius of Bullfrog Fresh Rainbow Trout, Smokin’ Good Fish & More… "We are Farmers... Processors... Mongers... And whatever else it takes." The Fish Farm Crew
Since the spring of ’94- Proud to be offering the Ultimate in Freshwater Fish and Fun-for-All Recreation! Come catch a glimpse of what Fish Farming is about in Dunn County!
For the asking, visitors will receive a free Eat My Fish Bumper Sticker if they promise to stick it someplace intrusive!
Open to the public Friday, Saturday & Sunday- Pondside Fishin' & Farm Retail Sales... Noon- 6 PM
Saturday & Sunday Hobo Shorelunches Served 1- 6 PM.
July 18, Saturday Afternoon... Live Music 1:30 to 4:30 - Johnny Nelson... Goodtime Solo Musician!
Acoustic Guitar & Harmonica
July 19, Sunday afternoon... Live Music 1:30 to 4:30 - Steve Szydel- Kountry Klassics "The Singing Bus Driver"
(* Maybe Boss Doris too) Songs Made Famous by Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, John Denver, and Kenny Rogers...
The Bullfrog Fish Farm is a good place to be… Just follow the Yellow Fish Road!
Century Trout Farm
882 U.S. Hwy 14
Oregon, WI 53575
Mark and Jean Hanson
We are located 12 miles south of Madison on Highway 14
July 18 hours: 10am – 5pm
Normal hours: Thurs-Sun 10am-5pm, or by appt.
Join us for our final summer of fishing - after fifty plus years, we will be retiring and closing our farm. Century Trout Farm has provided fee fishing fun for rainbow and brook trout in their third-acre spring-fed pond for over 5 decades. Moms, dads, and grandparents, bring your children for one more fun time of angling in our historic farm’s beautiful park-like setting. Families are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment but cane poles, corn, bait and nets are available at no charge. Worms are also available for a small fee.
Seventy gallons of cold spring water flow into our pond every minute providing an ideal environment for trout that range in size from ten to twenty inches in length. Fish cleaning is available for those who request it. A pair of swans will be around to entertain you and you night catch a glimpse of our horses that call the farm home. We offer utility vehicle transportation to the pond for handicapped or disabled fishermen along with special accommodations for their comfort at the pond.
Coolidge Springs Trout Ranch
W6981 Trout Pond Rd
Eric & Sue Holm, owners
We are located 4 miles South of Fifield, WI, off Old Hwy 13. Turn East onto Trout Pond Rd & proceed to the end of the road.
July 18 hours: 9am-5pm
Normal hours: Call for times or by appt.
Coolidge Springs is a trout farm offering fee fishing for the public, fish cleaning, bait & poles available. If you would like to have your fish already caught and waiting for you to pick up, please call the day before. Visitors can feed the fish & enjoy a picnic in our picnic area. Tours will be available. Coolidge also provides stocking of fingerlings & larger Rainbow & Brook Trout year around in addition to the Fish Out June-August. Coolidge Springs was a natural trout stream and in the early 60’s the original owner began digging the ponds. Eric purchased Coolidge Springs in 1985. There are 26 ponds; our water source is all natural, coming from springs and five artesian wells. Our water begins and ends on our property.
Eagles Roost Trout Farm
1122 100th St
New Richmond, WI 54017
Bill and Sere Leber, owners
July 18 hours: Call for hours
Eagles Roost offers trout fee fishing - we grow approx. 5,000 fish in our pond - and picnic grounds for those wanting a more relaxed atmosphere. Fly fishing lessons available by appointment.
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
July 18 hours: 1 – 2:30 pm - Please RSVP to Emma.
Please join us for a tour of the facility to view a variety of fish species and systems including ponds, raceways, and indoor recirculating tanks. Tour begins at 1pm Saturday July 18th and will be about an hour. Families and children welcome. Please RSVP with Outreach Specialist Emma Wiermaa at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
July 19, Sunday hours: 1-4pm
Join Pat Wilborn and Mike Richards with PortFish Ltd for an introduction to the world of aquaponics. If you don’t know, aquaponics is the process of raising fish (yellow perch) to grow plants. You will see lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs and kale/Swiss chard growing in nutrient-rich water. We do this year-round and we have been working hard on developing this new system – we think you will be impressed when you see the future of raising food.We will be offering tours on Sunday - the fee is $3/person and will take about 15 minutes. If you can, please let us know that you are coming. Either call 262-284-1970 or email us at email@example.com.On July 18 (Saturday) we will have a booth at 233 E. Pier Street, adjacent to Port Washington’s Fish Day. We will have information on aquaponics, Wisconsin aquaculture, a tank of our fish, and a display of our products from our aquaponics farm.PortFish, Ltd is a nonprofit organization formed to address, and raise awareness about, issues and concerns regarding our current and future food supply. Our hope is to establish an independent, local, sustainable and year-round food system in our community; developing a working model that other communities can follow.
GROW PortFish is experimenting with alternative growing systems, including aquaponics and hydroponics that can produce food for our community year-round.
ROOTS TO OUR FUTURE We seek to educate local communities about sustainable and healthy alternatives to food production and supply, and to engage communities in actively exploring alternatives.
Rushing Waters Fisheries, Ltd.
N301 Hwy H
Palmyra, WI 53156
Peter Fritsch, President
July 18 hours: 9am – 9pm
Fishing: Mon -Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 9am-2pm
Restaurant: Wed-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 9am-3pm
Rushing Waters Fisheries is Wisconsin’s largest Rainbow Trout farm, nestled in the southern Kettle Moraine State Forest in Palmyra. Our 80 acre farm offers guests the opportunity to fish for rainbow trout, dine in our beautiful onsite restaurant, and purchase a host of items from our full seafood retail store.
On Saturday, July 18th we will be offering public fishing, continuous complimentary hay wagon farm tours, fly fishing workshops, bouncy house, local vendors, lunch and dinner specials and much more. Join us at Rushing Waters to celebrate aquaculture in Wisconsin.
Fishing Contest: 1st prize - $100 Gift Certificate for Rushing Waters and The Trout House
2nd prize - $50 Gift Certificate for Rushing Waters and The Trout House
3rd prize – Fishing Pole
Handicap accessible. Complimentary poles, bait, and licensing – simply come ready to fish! Keep what you catch - $8.75/lb live weight. Rushing Waters does not allow your own poles or bait for use in their ponds. Come out and have some fun!
Silver Moon Springs, LLC
W4852 Hwy 64
Elton, WI 54430
Tim Winkel, Owner
July 18 hours: 8am – 5pm
Normal hours: Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm or by appt
Silver Moon Springs was built on a trout stream, Elton Creek, in northern Wisconsin in the early 1950's. Our ponds feature fresh, naturally pure spring water with a flow of 5,000 icy cold gallons per minute, which makes for very good tasting trout. Our family has been raising trout at Silver Moon Springs since 1977, and we now have the third generation working on the farm.
Kids, moms and dads, and grandparents will all enjoy a day of fishing at Silver Moon Springs. Rainbow and brook trout in many different sizes cruise our fishing pond. Our park-like setting, healthy fish, and cleaning service make a trip to the trout farm a wonderful family experience. They are fun to catch and delicious. Silver Moon also offers fresh and smoked trout & salmon. Whether grilled, pan-fried or broiled - enjoy the natural fresh flavor of a Silver Moon trout! We truly do have something Special from Wisconsin
Alice in Dairyland
Our special visitor will be Teyanna Marx-Loether, 68th Alice in Dairyland. Teyanna just completed a master’s degree in animal sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She grew up on a family owned and operated third-generation dairy and beef farm and showed chickens, horses and swine at the Sauk County Fair, where she served as the 2009-'10 Sauk County Fairest of the Fair. She wants to focus on where food comes from, connecting the farmer to the consumer and the food they eat. She hopes to bring a creative spin to the position, using "Recipes from Alice," which will focus on Wisconsin ingredients and incorporate the story behind Wisconsin agriculture. Be sure to stop in at noon and meet her!
Skyline Gardens and Ponds
148 County Rd F
River Falls, WI 54022
Located just south of Hudson on County Road F
Clayton and Karen Juelfs, owner
July 18 hours: 10am-7pm
Normal hours: Sunday-Saturday, 10am-7pm
Skyline has been a family name since 1954 when Clay’s grandparents, Joe and Leone, started Skyline Stables, raising champion quarter horses. IN 1984 we started Skyline Greenhouse and in the mid 90’s we got into Koi. Today, Skyline’s greenhouse and aquatic nursery has over 17,000 sq. ft. of greenhouses growing a full line of annuals, unique perennials, herbs, colorful hanging baskets, bedding plants and exotics like palm trees and banana trees with our aquatic nursery growing a full line of marginals, waterlillies and lotus.
We also have a 2,000 sq. ft. Koi greenhouse with several vat sustems which support a large selection of Japanese Koi, butterfly Koi and domestic Koi. Skyline has a full line of garden and pond plants and supplies. As grower/retailers/landscapers, our specialty is water features. Skyline designs and installs watergardens, ponds, Koi ponds, waterfalls, streams and even pond-less fountains. Come on down for some summer fun!
We also raise American Kobe cattle and American Berkshire pork. On July 18 we are having our 10th Annual Big Pig Jig featuring American Berkshire pork. Call for details.
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.
Saturday, July 18 hours: Call for times
Normal hours: Call for times
Timberline Trout Ranch offers rainbow trout fee fishing. We opened in 1966 with 3 ponds fed by a 150 gallon/minute spring. Poles and bait provided or bring your own. Cleaning and ice included in fee. We also offer honey and maple syrup for sale.
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
July 19, Sunday, hours: 8am - 5pm
Normal hours: Call for appointment
Come and fish in our ponds just like you were in the wild! We have 7 different species of fish – Bluegill, Yellow Perch, Crappie, Walleye, Bass, Northern and Trout (Rainbow, Brook and Brown), ranging in size from 8-11”. Catch 1 or go for all 9! Or head for our Trophy pond where we have fish 14” and up. Take one home to eat or mount! Our price includes cleaning and ice, bring your own gear or we provide rods and bait at no additional fee.
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
July 18 hours: 9am-4pm
Normal hours: Saturday/Sunday 9am-4pm, or by appt.
Wilderness Springs is a Rainbow Trout Farm, which had its start in the 1960’s when Rev. Wally Lange (Kathy’s father) purchased the land and put in 4 ponds. Today it consists of 30 ponds and raceways where trout eggs are hatched and raised for pond stocking and fee fishing. Two of the original ponds are designated for fee fishing. Poles and bait are provided at no charge and there is no fishing license required and no limit! We will bag your catch and put them on ice for you. You may have your catch cleaned for a small fee. Bring lunch and enjoy it on the picnic grounds while your fish are being cleaned. Wilderness Springs is handicap accessible. Come, enjoy the wilderness at Wilderness Springs!