St. Lawrence County offers fish stocking opportunity to residents
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 8:52 am

Those who own property they want to stock with fish may order them through the St. Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Available are largemouth bass, brook trout, rainbow trout and catfish. The fish average about 5 inches long and the prices are about $185 per hundred depending on the species, according to conservation district manager Dawn Howard.

Minimum order is 25 fish. Fathead minnows are also available as feed at a lower cost. The minnows also eat mosquitoes.

Trout will do best in cold ponds, Howard said. Rainbow trout can grow up to 2 feet long and can weigh 2 to 3 pounds. Rainbows are larger, but brooks are more aggressive, according to Howard.

The largemouth bass do well in warmer ponds. They can grow up to 19 inches long and can weigh 4 to 5 pounds. A bass requires 8 pounds of food to gain 1 pound of body weight, Howard said.

Catfish can get up to 5 to 10 pounds and will tolerate a wide range of water temperature. "All make for some great fishing and eating!" Howard said in a statement.

Orders taken through Oct. 10 with pick-up on Oct. 17.

Proceeds of these sales benefit conservation projects in the county.

Info: 386-3582, write or stop by the office at 1942 Old DeKalb Road, Canton, NY 13617. Forms are also available at www.slcswcd.org