For qualified water bodies (typically lakes or ponds that are entirely privately owned and have no continuous inlet or outlet) Cason & Associates recommends obtaining a PRIVATE FISH FARM REGISTRATION through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WDATCP). A Private Fish Farm Registration offers many benefits to the private pond owner. You may fish without a license, you may set your own size and bag limits, you can control aquatic life – including nuisance weeds and algae — without Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource (WDNR) permits, and you can stock fish without WDNR permits.
Cason & Associates requires that clients obtain either a Private Fish Farm Registration or obtain appropriate WDNR permits prior to commencement of herbicide or algaecide treatments or fish stocking in the client’s waters.
You will be required to obtain a livestock premises registration prior to obtaining a fish farm registration. You will be able to obtain a registration number (livestock premises code) immediately when you apply online:
For more information or to have a registration packet mailed to you, please contact The Animal Health Division of DATCP at 608-224-4887 or by e-mail at: DATCPfishfarms@wi.gov
Note: in some cases, private pond or lake owners may need to obtain a permit(s) through the WDNR in addition to a Private Fish Farm Registration – see online instructions for more information.
For water bodies that do not meet the eligibility criteria for a Private Fish Farm, Cason & Associates recommends obtaining appropriate permits from the WDNR for activities such as fish stocking and treatment of weeds and algae.