Frequently asked questions
What kind of fish can I raise in Wisconsin?
Salmon, trout, yellow perch, bluegill, walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, bass and minnows are all fish commonly raised in Wisconsin.
What permits do I need to get started?
Depending on the way you plan to operate your aquaculture facility or fish farm ponds, you may need to apply for certain environmental permits from the DNR. Whether you are a new fish farmer or have an established operation you should contact a DNR Fish Farm Environmental Permits Coordinator to find out whether environmental permits are necessary for your facility.
I want to start a fish farm. What options do I have?
There are many differnt options for raising fish including raising and/or selling:
What equipment do I need?
If you are raising fish in a pond, there won't be as much equipment needed as if you were raising fish indoors in tanks.
Backup Oxygen System
Can I make a profit farming fish?
What risks and challenges are there in fish farming?
Risks and challenges
Fish can be very sensitive to manage and a slight mistake could result in slow growth of your fish or even death which may cause massive revenue loss.
Setting up a fish farm requires careful planning and capital input.
Due to the cost of production, fish produced from a farm are priced higher than that caught from the rivers and ponds by fishermen. Therefore, if there is good quantity of fisherman’s fish in the market, you may find it difficult to sell as people would prefer the cheaper options.
Are there any fish farms near me?
You can search for farms near you by going to our Find a Fish Farm page on this site.
I've heard farmed fish taste bad. Is that true?
There is really no reason a farmed fish raised in a clean and healthy environment would taste any different than a wild fish. Some even say farmed fish taste better than wild caught.