S&H Fish Farm is the perfect way to spend a day with the family fishing for Channel Catfish. With our two fully stocked ponds fed by all natural spring water, there is plenty of fish for everyone!

Nestled in the beautiful hills of Douglas County, S&H Fish Farm is only about an hour drive from Springfield or Branson. Perfect for a relaxing day away.

At S&H Fish Farm, your user fee allows you to fish as long as you like. You can catch and release or keep them and pay per pound. For an additional fee, we will even clean them for you.

We hope to see you soon!

Farm and Fishing Info

  • We only stock our ponds with channel catfish.
  • All ponds have 800 fish minimum.
  • No treble hooks allowed.
  • Restrooms available.
  • Market on site.
  • Huge sandbox for the kids to have fun and play in.
    • Please note, S&H Fish Farm does not provide supervision of the sandbox.
    • Supervision of the children lies with an adult member of your party.
  • Feel free to bring your own:
    • Lawn Chairs
    • Coolers
    • Umbrellas

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User Fees

  • Includes all day access
  • Adults: $6
  • Kids 6-12: $3
  • Little ones 5 and under fish free.
  • Please pay at the Market, located at the entrance to the fish farm.

Catfish Rates

  • $1.87 per pound, live weight.
  • Fish cleaning services available. ($1.25 per fish)
  • We only accept cash or checks.


In order to help us maintain our family-friendly atmosphere, please note the following policies:

  • Dogs welcome on leashes.
  • No alcoholic beverages allowed on the property.
  • No stereos.

Hours of Operation

Open Daily at 8am, rain or shine.

Please call for seasonal hours.

Contact Us

Call us at 417-683-3300

Where we are

Just 6 miles outside of Ava, MO off Highway FF; at the junction of Farm Road 206 & 209.

Aerial View on Google Maps


Mickey Sallee & Dwight Heath

Please Note

See our Legal page for important information. S&H Fish Farm is not responsible for any loss of equipment or injury while visiting the farm. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable visit.

Supplies & Tackle

  • Bait
  • Hooks
  • Reels
  • Poles
  • Sinkers
  • Line
  • Sunscreen


  • Farm raised catfish
    • Pre-cleaned
    • $6.49 per lb
    • Please call ahead orders
  • USDA approved beef
  • USDA approved pork
  • USDA approved chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Scallops
  • Lobster
  • Deli meats & cheeses


  • Fried Catfish
  • Hot Wings
  • Shrimp
  • Sandwiches
  • Cookies
  • Chips
  • Schwan's Ice Cream

Cold Drinks

  • Bottled Water
  • Soft Drinks

Other Info

  • Restrooms are available in the market.
  • Market hours are the same as the fish farm hours.
  • EBT accepted on approved items.
  • Please call us with any questions at 417-683-3300.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does my user fee allow me to do?

The user fee allows you to fish as long as you want in the same day.

Are you open if it’s raining?

Yes! We are open every day rain or shine.

Do I have to pay if I am just watching?

No, we believe that fishing is very much a family affair, please feel free to bring along a lawn chair and watch them catch dinner for you.

Can I keep what I catch?

Absolutely! You can either catch and release or you can take your catfish home for just $1.87 per pound, live weight.

Where do I pay when I get to the fish farm?

You pay for your user fee at the Market which is located near the entrance of the farm.

My hook is deep into the catfish and I can’t get it out/The fish was injured when I removed the hook, what do I do?

Please bring any fish that have been injured to the Market where our staff will take care of it for you.

Do you have camping available at S&H Fish Farm?

At this time we do not have camping facilities, but please check back with us in the future as we are evaluating it.

Does S&H Fish Farms accept credit or debit cards?

No we do not at this time. We accept cash and checks.

What it the average size of catfish that is stocked?

Currently our average size is 3 pounds, 7 ounces.

Is there anything for the kids to do besides fishing?

Yes! We just added a huge sandbox for the kids to play in. Please note that S&H Fish Farm does not provide supervision of the sandbox, that responsibility lies with an adult member of your party.

Where can I see an aerial view of the farm?

Easy, just click here.

If you have any questions for us, please do not hesitate to call us at 417-683-3300.