Ponds that are stocked with trout provide multiple benefits for landowners and their families, and this is the time of year to order your rainbow and brook trout to stock your pond. The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Annual Trout Sale will be held on Saturday, May 3rd from 11:00AM to Noontime. Customers must pre-order all rainbow and brook trout by Tuesday, April 29th in order to receive them on May 3rd. This year, the PCSWCD has lower prices, compliments of Mountain Springs Trout Farm that provides our trout, as a way to say thank you to our customers!
If you are a returning customer, or stocking your pond for the first time, there are some requirements that you should be aware of. A permit is required by the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department for the species most appropriate for your pond. A copy of this will need to be submitted with your preorder, as well as a copy of a map that clearly depicts the location of your pond. You will also need to bring your original permit to the sale in order to receive your trout.
If you do not have a permit you may pick up an application from the PCSWCD office, request one by email from us or download the application from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website at www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/forms_applications.htm.
Ponds that are stocked with trout can provide families with a low-fat, low cholesterol, high protein, heart-healthy fish. By stocking 6″-8″ or larger trout in early spring and feeding them throughout the growing season, many nutritious meals may be enjoyed before the ice cover in winter. Trout also provide food for wildlife and migratory birds.
Contact the PCSWCD at 564 – 2321, Extension 3, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop in at the USDA Service Center at 42 Engdahl Drive in Dover – Foxcroft for more information on this sale that supports our education programs and also enhances your natural landscape.