Pond owners invited to stock trout
It is time for area pond owners to be thinking about stocking their ponds with a new supply of trout for the upcoming season. Each spring the Waldo County Soil & Water Conservation District offers disease-free, certified brook trout fingerlings for sale as one of the district’s fund raising events.
The following are a few of the most frequently asked questions and answers about pond stocking.
How do I put fish into my pond?
Experiments have shown that it takes five to seven days to condition a trout to a new temperature. Therefore, any attempt that you might make to “temper” your fish in a few minutes at the edge of a pond is not worth while. Just put them into the water and let them handle the temperature change. They can do it. Be sure the fish you put into your pond swim into deeper water. Do not let them swim into the shoreline. If they do, gently nudge them back into deeper water.
How many fish can I put in my pond?
The number of fish one can add to a pond is determined largely by two factors. One is the size of the fish, and the other is the surface area of the pond. Fewer large fish can be added to a pond. The following table illustrates this fact.
Surface Area of Pond Size of Fish
5-6”(small), 6-7” (large)
¼ acre: 40 small, 30 large
½ acre: 85 small, 60 large
¾ acre: 115 small, 90 large
1 acre: 170 small, 120 large
This year’s prices: 5-6” fish: $2 ea., 6-7” fish: $2.45 ea.
Will large trout in my pond eat the smaller ones I plan to add?
Brook trout feed primarily on insects and other small organisms. Only if the size difference is great and the fish are very crowded in the pond is there likely to be a problem.
Do I need a permit to stock trout in my pond?
Yes, you do. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife requires a state trout stocking permit to order fish. Permit applications are available by contacting the Conservation District at 218-5311 or IF&W at 287-5261.
Trout delivery will take place at the District office located at 46 Little River Drive in Belfast on Saturday, May 27, at noon. If you would like to place an order, please contact Kym Sanderson at 218-5311.