Every spring we organize a trout sale as a service to our region and a modest fundraiser for our conservation programs. Stocking your pond with trout is a great way to provide food and fun for your family – and the wildlife! Many pond owners talk about watching osprey and herons prey on the trout in their ponds.
But while stocking trout is fun and valuable, the far better way to support conservation and the recovery of our native fish populations is to improve their habitat. This means installing and maintaining properly-sized culverts (often much larger than what is currently in place), connecting habitat by removing dams, keeping sediment or chemicals from getting into streams, and planting trees and shrubs along streams to provide both shade and insects for trout to feed on.
Want help with a project to improve trout habitat? Contact the District! We may either have a program or be able to connect you with other resources.
Details for 2022 Sale
All orders due by April 22nd, 2022
Order Online or via Paper Form
We recommend paying by check (mail or deliver to our office), but we also offer online payment if you're ordering online!
If paying by check, please make it out to Franklin County NRCD and mail to us at:
Franklin County NRCD
50 South Main Street Suite B20
St. Albans, Vermont 05478
Rainbow and Brook Trout - 6-8" fish:
Minimum order is 25
Pickup in St. Albans at the Park and Ride at 48 Fairfax Road on Tuesday, May 3rd at 1:00pm. Be sure to provide your contact information at check-out so we can tell you where to meet the truck.
Rainbow Trout - 10-12" fish:
Minimum order is 50
Delivery to your pond on Tuesday, May 3rd. Please provide clear contact and delivery instructions to ensure your fish get to the right place!
For 2022, there will not be any 10-12" Brook Trout available unfortunately, we apologize for any inconvenience.
Fish Food - Whole and Half Bags available for fun! The best diet for trout is native insects and plants.
Frequently Asked Questions
Rainbow Trout can tolerate warmer water (55-65*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. Rainbows can survive in stagnant water, have a longer life span and grow faster than brook trout, and can be handled for catch and release fishing.
Brook Trout are native to eastern North America and require a year-round supply of cold, oxygenated water (45-60*F is optimal). The brook trout is generally considered a favorite game fish with its beauty, easy catchability and unrivaled table appeal combining to make it the highly reputable fish that it is.
Generally, 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. However, a healthy pond with plenty of insects and plant life will minimize any incompatibility.
How many trout would be suitable for a pond? Pond conditions dictate numbers and species of trout to stock. The average one-acre pond with a depth of eight feet that stays full all summer with fresh water can generally support 300 trout. Any of several variables may advocate stocking fewer trout, the most important being a dropping water level during the hot, summer months. The warmer the water, the lower the dissolved oxygen content, so it is important not to overstock a pond if the water level tends to drop during late summer.
Purchasing feed is generally only for fun. Trout will rise when you throw a handful of feed out and are fun to watch, but their best diet is native insects and plants.