Spring is arriving and now is the time to plan on stocking your backyard pond with New Hampshire raised Rainbow or Brook Trout.
The Rockingham County Conservation District (RCCD) is offering trout for backyard pond stocking in lengths of 6-8 inches and 10-12 inches for its spring fundraiser to support local conservation projects. Orders must be in by Tuesday April 20th, 2021.
The 6-8-inch trout are available in oxygenated bags of 25 ready for pick up on Saturday afternoon, April 24th, between 1:00 – 1:30 p.m., at the RCCD office, 110 North Road, Brentwood. The 10-12-inch trout (minimum order of 50) will be delivered directly to your pond. If ordering smaller trout along with the large, they will be delivered at the same time -deliveries will be conducted Saturday afternoon, April 24th, 2021.
Take advantage of these programs if you live within a 45-mile radius of Brentwood. If you are traveling further, you should have an aerated tank to transport the fish. The trout will be ready for transport and must be picked up between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. and should be released into your pond as soon as possible.
The NH based hatchery is licensed and inspected annually, and they consistently receive a disease-free health report. If you’re planning a derby or want to supply your family with fresh fish to eat, now is the time to stock!
General guidelines and habitat requirements for stocking your pond:
- 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 6ft down.
- Pond surface temp should not be greater than 72°F at the 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.
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. They often leap from the water to strike a fly. They are excellent for 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 and unrivaled table appeal. ***BROOK TROUT will not tolerate warm standing water.
Mixing Species: Mixing warm and cold water species of fish (e.g. bass and trout) in small ponds is not recommended. Generally, however, it is okay to mix different species of trout or trout of different sizes. In some situations competition, limited feed, and cannibalism can destroy the weaker and/or smaller trout. Trout will eat other trout half their size or less, with Brown trout tending to be the most cannibalistic. However, a healthy pond with plenty of insects and plant life will minimize any incompatibility.
*** Please be aware that the trout sale is intended for stocking “backyard ponds” non-public bodies of water that are closed systems.
Thank you for supporting your local conservation district