Although we have stocked a number of rivers over the years most of the chub we produce end up in stillwaters. Fishery owners and anglers love chub because they feed hard during the winter when most other species have slowed right down. We produce plenty of second year fish from 4 – 8 inches which can be stocked out directly into fisheries.
Chub can grow relatively quickly given sufficient food and good conditions and unlike many ‘silver’ fish they can be moved and handled all year round, even in the warmer months.
As with barbel, the Environment Agency are rightly concerned that chub are only stocked into suitable waters, so if there is any doubt they will be happy to monitor a sample batch before committing to wholesale stocking. We would certainly not recommend they are stocked into small muddy ponds dominated by carp. If you have any doubts as to whether they will thrive in your fishery please contact us for more information.
We are frequently asked whether chub will breed in stillwaters and to date we have no evidence to suggest they do. They prefer to spawn in running water and so they will not receive the necessary stimuli in a lake. If you know any different we would love to hear from you!
Chub are also stocked as a ‘predator ‘ in waters overstocked with fry. We are frequently asked if this works and how effective they will be. To date we have not sufficient knowledge to offer a reliable opinion.