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SIZE OF TROUT TO STOCK

trout2.jpg (20103 bytes)Months of warm weather fishing can be gained by starting larger trout.

Through years of experimenting I have found that larger fish are the best to stock.  Planting 8" to 10" fish in early spring, will result in 10" to 12" fish by early July and 14" to 18" by the end of September. When stocking 3" trout or smaller , the mortality rate is considerably higher and you only have 9" to 10" fish by fall.  All ponds produce differently and these figures may not hold true in some cases.

In some ponds which have ideal conditions, the stocking rate can be increased, but it is not a good practice.  If you overstock, the fish grow slower and the death rate is higher.  Trout should be restocked and harvested every year due to the DANGER of winter-kill.

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Stocking Rate per Surface Acre

Fish Size

4"-6" 6"-10" 10"-14"
Quantity 400-600 300-400 150-300
  • Largest supply is in the 8" to 14" range
  • Fish are counted by weight
  • Volume Discounts

 

SIZE

NO. OF FISH PER LB.

PRICE PER FISH

Triploid Rainbow Trout

F.O.B. TROUT FARM

MINIMUM FISH DELIVERED

PER ORDER

6"-8"

5-8

$3.00

400

8"-10"

3-5

$4.00

200

10"-12"

2-3

$5.00

150

12"-14"

1-2

$7.00

100

14" & UP  

$7.00 per lb.

150 lbs

2016 PRICELIST & ORDER FORM

Delivery Costs?

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Professional handling and transporation of your order is guaranteed!

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TRANSPORTING LIVE TROUT
(1 TO 1 lbs. of trout to 1 gal. of water)
Equipment needed:
1. Oxygen bottle (make sure it is full before leaving)
2. Oxygen regulator (two guages, off welder)
3. Clean oxygen hose with brass fittings
4. Very, very CLEAN container (no chemical barrels)
5. Plastic liner for container
6. Air stones can be rented (if returned as soon as possible) or purchased.
7. Plastic bags to fit a 45 gal. barrel available at trout farm.
8. NO TRUCK TOPS (please).
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License
Before anyone can obtain live trout they must have a Private or Commercial fish farm license.  For information and an application form contact your local Alberta Agriculture Office.

Pond Requirements
10 to 15 feet deep for at least one-third to one-half of surface area.  The shoreline should have a steep bank (2-1 slope).   The pond should be free of other fish (pike, suckers, etc.) as fish compete for room, food and oxygen.  Weeds should not cover more than one third of the pond.
Managing Pond
After stocking, you should watch your pond regularly for predators, excessive weed growth and water temperature.  Other than a complete summer or winter kill, predators account for the greatest fish loss.  Watch for the following: blue herron, loons, Arctic tern, mink, muskrat, snakes, turtles, kingfishers, osprey, seagulls, mergansers, pelicans.
For vegetation control contact
Fish and Wildlife for methods.
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Important points to remember
1. If you have a license, renew it before March 31
2. If you don't have a license, apply without delay to ensure approval before fish arrive.
3. Trout should be planted when pond water is cool - at 38 to 50F
4. Don't overstock.
5. Control predators. (Contact Fish and Wildlife for regulations)
6. Harvest fish in the fall before freeze-up.

Harvesting Trout
The fish you do not catch during the summer can be retrieved by using a gill net.   This method will catch most of the trout in your pond.  gill nets can be obtained from Leckie's Fishing Supplies (780)453-3481 Edmonton, or Wholesale Sports (403) 253-5566 Calgary.
9" to11" fish      2" mesh
11" to 14" fish   3" mesh
14" to 18" fish   3" mesh