||"Jim Frey’s Fish
Hatchery is not all about money... I do it because I
like the outdoors, and I enjoy helping others with their
LATEST NEWS from Jim!
Order your docks now in time for
spring delivery. Check out our
custom docks page for some ideas.
Now is also the
get your fish ordered. Give
Jim a call
Sign up for Jim's Mailing List and he will let
you know when
his fish are ready to sell and
other timely info.
Your email address is kept
confidential and he won't
flood your inbox with
After having spent an entire day fishing at our family farm
pond, with no success, I decided that there had to be a better
way. I could see that there were several large fish of
some kind moving across the bottom in a school. Soon after, I
met with several Iowa DNR officers. I told them that I was
going to build a pond at my home in West Union, Iowa, and buy
a net to manage the new pond and also the family farm pond the
way that I thought they should be managed. The officers told
me that I couldn’t do this without a fish hatchery license.
This is how Jim Frey’s Fish Hatchery was started in 1974.
It was my intention that this was just going to be a hobby.
As soon as I got my license, I found that most every pond in
my area was in exactly the same condition as our family farm
pond. My goal then became to help establish better
fishing in Northeast Iowa. It now has expanded
throughout the midwest to include Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin
and Illinois. Over the last 37 years, I have learned
through experience, as well as reading every article I could
find on the specific issue that I was working on at the time.
I learned how to apply it to our situation and location.
Licensed by the Iowa DNR, we specialize
in Bluegill and Hybrid Bluegill, but all other species are
available. Our spawning ponds are drained in the fall, and the spawners are held in holding pens in our 5 acre quarry lake. It is
36’ deep, has excellent water quality, and an aeration system which
ensures sufficient oxygen levels for the fish. This ensures that
our spawners are in excellent health for stocking in the Spring.
These fish have been selected as the biggest and best from each
years’ crop. I have been doing this for 37 years. The fish, which
I purchased as my original brood stock, were also selectively chosen
for many years.
After the fish
have spawned, the fingerlings are then moved to the quarry. They are
held in pens and fed a high protein commercial feed. The fish are
periodically graded for size and the pens are adjusted for the
density of fish in them. We have also built a floating raceway,
which can pump up to 2000 gal. per minute, and is the heart of the
aeration system at our quarry. The raceway also serves as a growing
facility for larger fish.
Our Iowa fish hatchery offers
fish for stocking and related supplies and
Please visit our "About Our Fish" page where we go more in-depth
about our hybrid bluegill and other
fish. We also offer custom floating docks. My years of experience in aquaculture
have enabled me to offer my valuable knowledge in the areas of
pond design and consulting. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
The main workforce consists of my wife Diane, my
son Russell and daughter-in-law Dawn, my grandchildren and myself. We have a
list of young people, 12 years and up, whom we hire when we need
additional assistance. Jim Frey’s Fish Hatchery is not all about
money, I do it because I like the outdoors, and I enjoy helping
others with their ponds.
OUT OUR CUSTOM DOCKS AND
2005 Jim Frey Fish Hatchery
So that we may
serve you to the best of our ability, on a personal one on one
basis, we ask that you call us at 563-422-3368. We primarily
operate using our business
phone and do not offer an email address.
Disclaimer: Jim Frey Fish Hatchery
strives to present its fish stocking, business, and services as accurately as
possible. However, sometimes errors do occur. We will not be
held liable for any errors relating to any information found on this site
and will not be held liable for misprints or errors which occur from type
setting the information or the misrepresentation thereof. Jim Frey
Fish Hatchery will promptly correct any errors or
omissions that the user finds in any category, when notified by
If you are experiencing any technical
difficulties with this website,
or wish to make a comment regarding the site, please email the