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
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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.
Blue Iris Fish Farm
N5811 Twelve Corners Rd
Black Creek, WI 54106
From Appleton - Hwy 47 North about 12 Miles to Ott Rd. Turn Right one Mile to 12 Corners, Left 1/4 Mile
From North of Black Creek - Hwy 47 south of Black Creek to Cty B Left on B one mile to 12 Corners, Right on 12 Corners south to N5811.
From Green Bay - west on 54 to Black Creek, south on 47 to B then follow above directions
From New London - east on 54 to Black Creek south on 47 to B then follow above directions
Watch for signs
Bill West, owner
July 16 hours: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
There will be a tour at 10 and another at 12:30. Lunch will be served at about 11:30 until 1:00.
Blue Iris is a perch culture facility mostly concerned with the grow-out of perch for the food market. Blue Iris conducts continuous research on perch culture and specializes in pond-side tank culture. We have received a number of grants which are designed to facilitate research. Our most recent grant is in collaboration with two other farms and three high school, putting our resources and technology into the schools. As this is a research/production facility, there is no fee fishing. As part of our operation, we do make fish fertilizer/organic plant food and that product is always available onsite for purchase.
Bullfrog's Eat My Fish Farm
N1321 Bullfrog Rd / 566th St
Menomonie, WI 54751
Herby Radmann, Soul Proprietor
Dave Sundal, Farm Manager
July 16 hours: 12- 6pm
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, “Community/Family” Farmers and “Local Food” Enthusiasts to come visit…
Friday, Saturday & Sunday- Pondside Fishin' & Farm Retail Sales... Noon- 6 PM
Saturday & Sunday Hobo Shorelunches Served 1- 6 PM.
July 16, Saturday Afternoon... Live Music 1:30 to 4:30 To be announced
July 17, Sunday afternoon... Live Music 1:30 to 4:30... Larry Past & Al Julson - Acoustic Folk Rock on guitars & ukulele... Influences include the likes of Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, the Rolling Stones to Sister Hazel... Plus Originals!
The Bullfrog Fish Farm is a good place to be… Just follow the Yellow Fish Road!
Davis Funny Farm Fisheries Inc.
2954 Plum Lake Dr. Sayner, WI 54560
We are located in Sayner only a few blocks from beautiful Plum Lake. We are just a few blocks off of the bike trail and from the Plum Lake Golf Course.
Owner Russ Davis
July 16 hours: 10am-5pm
What started as an idea finally became a reality on July 3, 2015 when we opened our doors for trout fee fishing. Northern Wisconsin is known for it's crystal clear waters and beautiful Trout. Fish for your rainbow trout in our crystal clear ponds for the catch of a lifetime! Don't worry about the hassle of having to get a fishing license, digging out the boat or waders, or finding the perfect fishing spot. All you have to do is pack up the family and head over to Funny Farm Fisheries. Here you will be provided fishing poles, bait, and any help needed by one of our trout bosses - all free of charge! Catch your own fresh Rainbow Trout in all sizes. You must keep what you catch! (we don't allow catch and release for the health of the fish). We can clean your trout for you for a minimal charge and send you on your way with your trout, packed on ice, ready to be cooked for lunch or dinner. We're Wisconsin fresh and MmmMmm GOOD!
We are now selling Smoked Trout and Smoked Salmon!
Trout Fishing Rates
Up to 13" fish= $.65 per inch
14" and over fish=$.75 per inch
Includes fishing poles, bait, and help if needed from our trout bosses!
We will clean your catch and pack them on ice for $1.00 per fish.
3781 County Road KW
Knellsville, WI 53074
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), all on the north side of Port Washington
Pat Wilborn, Director
Sunday, July 17 hours: noon – 4p, Sunday
Aquaponics Model III – Open House
Join Pat Wilborn and Portfish staff 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.
The event is FREE and open to the public. Tours will take 15 minutes. If you can, please let us know that you are coming. Either call 262-284-1970 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, come see the future of sustainable agriculture!
Rushing Waters Fisheries, Ltd.
N301 Hwy H
Palmyra, WI 53156
Peter Fritsch, President
July 16 hours: 9am – 9pm
Rushing Waters lies on 80 acres at the edge of the southern Kettle Moraine State Forest outside of Palmyra. We offer fee fishing for trout, and smoked trout and salmon as well as spreads are available for purchase at their fully stocked seafood shop. Bring the entire family. Grill your catch for lunch on the farm or enjoy one of our menu selections at our Trout House Restaurant.
Handicap accessible. Fishing is now all inclusive (poles, bait, pliers are supplied) - pay only for the live weight of the fish that you catch - $8.75/lb. 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 16 hours: 8am – 5pm
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 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.
Star Prairie Trout Farm
400 Hill Avenue
Star Prairie, WI 54026
Jeff Taylor, General Manager
Nate Wendt, Farm Manager
Mona Chapman, Fee Fishing Manager
July 16 hours: 11am - 7pm
Since 1856, Star Prairie’s ice-cold spring water has provided and ideal natural habitat for commercial trout-raising. Fifteen hundred gallons per minute of flow at a steady rate and temperature provide open water and continuous growth and harvests year-round. We feature the excitement of trout angling on the premises May & September on weekends, June through August on Tuesday - Sunday, and year-round by appointment. Our scenic, park-like grounds are bordered to the north by Apple River whitewater.
Open 11am - 7pm, NO LIMIT AND NO LICENSE REQUIRED! Tackle is furnished and we will clean and ice your catch for a small fee. We suggest bringing a cooler to transport fish.
Have a picnic at the farm:
Picnic facilities available, grill w/utensils available for rent, charcoal available for purchase.
Take some home:
Smoked trout and salmon available for purchase. Call ahead if you want to pick up some fresh fish to take home.
Sunset Tropical Guppies LLC
4864 County Road C
Auburndale Wisconsin 54412
Brian Aschebrook, owner
Sunday, July 17 hours: 12 noon – 4:00 PM
Sunset Tropical Guppies is a commercial breeder and seller of 100’s of varieties of guppies, angelfish, goldfish, African cichlids and tropical “Bottom dwellers” Corydoras, and Bristlenose Plecostomus. We have over 150 tanks of tropical fish for you to choose from. Come on out for a visit! Free ½# of pelleted fish food for every family that visits us on July 17. Check us out on Facebook!
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.
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.
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
July 16, Sunday, hours: noon – 6 pm
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 16 hours: 9am - 4pm
Wilderness Springs is a privately owned production facility raising Rainbow Trout. We had our 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. We are open to the public for fishing Sat & Sun, May thru Sept. from 9am-4pm. We provide the poles, bait & buckets for free; there is no fishing license needed & there is no limit. All fish caught, must be kept – we do not allow catch & release. We charge live weight by the pound & will clean your catch for a small additional fee. Your fish will be bagged & iced free. It’s advisable to bring a cooler to transport your catch home! Bring lunch and enjoy it on the picnic grounds while your fish are being cleaned. Wilderness Springs is Handicap accessible.
We have recently been recipients of two grants. One of our grants is in collaboration with another farm and three high schools, putting our resources and technology into the schools. The other grant is used for continuous improvement of our water quality; using our gravity flow through and bio-filtration.
Come, enjoy the wilderness at Wilderness Springs!