A ¼ acre pond with a depth of 8 ft. that is full all summer with fresh water may support 100 fish. The cleaner the water, the better, best to see 6 ft down.
Surface temp 72° in hottest time
Brook trout need cold water (@ 45° to 60° F); Rainbows tolerate warmer temperatures(@ 55° to 65° F); .
Best pH range is 6 to 7 (brook trout at lower end; rainbow at higher).
New ponds should not be stocked for at least one year.
Use floating trout feed in newer ponds until they are established.
Do not mix rainbow and brown trout in same pond.
Place screen at pond outlet to prevent escapes.
Rainbow Trout can tolerate warmer water (55-65 degrees F. is optimal) and tend to be somewhat hardier. The rainbow trout is gamier than the brook trout often leaping from the water to strike a fly and is also excellent eating.
Brook Trout are native to eastern North America and require a year-round supply of cold, oxygenated water (45-60 degrees F. is optimal). The brook trout is generally considered the favorite game fish with its beauty, easy catchability and unrivaled table appeal combining to make it the highly reputable fish that it is.