Thank you all for an awesome summer! We're busy stocking beautiful trout for the Fall season!
Pond Stocking Frequently Asked Questions: (We're working on it..!)
Will Trout Survive in My Pond?
Trout need cold (or at least cool), clean, high quality water with plenty of oxygen. They need either sufficient flow or sufficient volume of water to maintain the quality of the water. Your pond needs to maintain a temperature of at most 65 degrees F at the bottom of the pond in mid summer. Your pond needs sufficient depth so that in winter there is adequate oxygen in the water under the ice to keep the trout alive.
In general, trout ponds in this area need about 8 feet of depth and a sufficient source of cold water (such as natural springs) to provide the conditions that trout need. Shallower ponds usually heat up too much in the summer and do not have sufficient volume under the ice to allow a reasonable survival rate of stocked trout. There are exceptions. I know of a very small pond that maintains trout very well even though it is only about 3 feet deep, but it has a very high flow rate of cold water so that it never overheats in summer and in fact never ices over in winter.
Do I need to Feed My Fish?
Trout are basically carnivores. That is, they eat animals, not plants. Trout consume a wide variety of aquatic insects, flying insects, worms, frogs, frog eggs, smaller fish and other under water animal life forms. They can also be fed commercially prepared fish food or trout feed. Note that not all fish feed is trout feed. Some fish feed is a general purpose supplemental feed for fish (not specifically for trout). The advantage of general purpose fish feed over trout feed is that it is somewhat less expensive, and is all right to use as a small portion of the total trout diet. The disadvantage of general purpose fish feed in comparison with trout feed is that if it is too large a portion of a trout's diet then the eating quality of the harvested trout will suffer and ultimately the health of the trout can suffer if very large portions of their diet is general purpose fish feed. Using trout feed avoids these problems, but costs more. We use Bio Oregon trout feed.
Will the Trout Reproduce?
In the right pond conditions, the trout should reproduce.
How Long Will the Trout Live in My Pond?
Trout will survive as long as pond conditions stay cool and clean!
Do I Need a Permit to Stock My Pond?
A permit is not required if the pond is on your own private property and is a "closed system". For any public body of water, a permit is required. For any questions regarding specific permits, contact NH Fish and Game.
How Will I Transport My Trout?
For private pond stocking, every circumstance is different. For larger stockings and ponds far from the hatchery, we will deliver with our stocking truck for a delivery fee. Fish can be safely transported in containers (coolers, trash bins) without extra oxygen as long as the number of fish and travel distance are reasonable. Stop by anytime and just ask what will work for you!