2023 Brook Trout Sale for Private Pond Stocking-Cancelled
The District did not receive enough interest in the Brook Trout Sale for 2023 and will not be holding a pick up day this year. Please check with the closest Districts, Penobscot County SWCD, in Bangor (941-1043), and Knox-Lincoln SWCD in Rockport (596-2040) to order by May 19 and May 10 respectively. We hope to hold this event next year!
Maine Association of Conservation Districts is working with Mi’kmaq Farms in Caribou as the supplier of brook trout for private pond stocking. The fish are 6 – 8 inches in size this year on average. You must purchase an oxygen bag per every 25 fish ordered. You may wish to have fewer per bag if you a traveling some distance.
If you choose to order by mail with the form below, please mail by April 23. Online orders may be placed by May 8.
If you would like to place a Spring 2023 fish order click on the images of the trout and oxygen bags to place your order online. You can also download and mail or email the order form below. Due to the size of the fish it is recommended you order the oxygen bags based on no more than 25 fish per bag.
Please check and update your IFW Stocking Permit to be sure your pond is approved for brook trout*. A valid permit is required at the time of pick-up.
The trout size will be 6″ to 8″ in size this year. No rainbow or brown trout are available.
The pick up date is Monday, May 15, 2023 at the HCWCD USDA office , 474 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth approximately noon to 1:00 p.m. We will provide a time as May 15th gets closer.
* The number of fish a pond can support is limited by water temperature, food supply, depth and surface area. Surface area is a good starting point to estimate capacity starting at: 50 (4″-6″), 40 (6-8″), 30 (8-10″) fish per 1/4 acre surface area. Food supply and water quality such as that is colder temperature and increase carrying capacity. If you are unsure about brook trout’s ability to survive in your pond, we encourage you start small or keep a record of pond water temperature at it deepest location or monitor for dissolved oxygen during the July, August and September.