Live Fish FAQ

Below is a list of the some of the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding Live Fish. We hope this information helps, but if you have any further questions, please contact us at any time.

What permits are required?

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife requires a Pond Stocking Permit. Click here for more information on the permitting process and for a copy of the application. Please note that applications must be submitted to your regional office (not to Olympia). Click here for a map to locate your regional office.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife requires a Pond Stocking Permit. Troutlodge will submit the permit application and secure the permit on your behalf. The State of Oregon prefers that all planted trout be from a registered producer. Troutlodge is a registered producer with State of Oregon.

Related Documents:
WDFW Fish Transport & Stocking Permit Application (PDF,17Kb)
WDFW Triploid Grass Carp Stocking Permit Application (PDF,251Kb)

What fishing licenses are required?

For home fishing, no license is required if you already have a pond stocking permit (see Question #1). You can set your own stocking rates, seasons and catch limits.

Is Troutlodge a Registered Aquatic Fish Farm approved by the state for planting trout?

Yes, and our fish are certified disease-free as required by the State. Our site-specific farm registration numbers are available upon request.

What sizes are available?

Fish, both diploid and triploid, are sold in the following size ranges: 8-9", 9-11", 11-14", 1-3 lbs, 4-10 lbs, and 11 lbs and above. You can mix and match any size fish you want within your order.

Is there a minimum order quantity or dollar amount?

There is a $500.00 minimum order for dedicated deliveries from Sumner and Soap Lake facilities.  However, please contact us even if your order value will not total $500, as we can combine orders on one delivery load.  Delivery charges do apply.

The Orting facility in Western Washington has a no minimum order policy, but delivery services are not available from this facility. Transport equipment is available for use with payment of a refundable security deposit.

Minimum orders from the Hood River facility are determined by the desired delivery location. Please contact us for further details.

How many fish can my pond support?

Recommended stocking rates range from 50 to 500 fish per surface acre. If you have a good water flow and intend to feed your fish you can go with the higher number. Once you have an operating history, let experience be your guide.

Can I stock trout in my pond if I have other fish?

Yes, taking into consideration size compatibility as well as water temperature. In fact, Troutlodge supplies triploid grass carp to be planted alongside trout in your pond. Please see below for further information on grass carp.

Will I need to feed my fish?

It is not necessary to feed fish in natural ponds (see stocking rates below). However, you may choose to feed your fish as a supplement to your ponds natural production. A floating type of feed is recommended because it allows you to see how much the fish consume. Fish feed can be purchased directly from Troutlodge or ordered through a farm supply store. To purchase feed from Troutlodge, please contact our office at (253) 863-0446. Feed can be picked-up from Troutlodge or can be delivered at the time of your fish delivery.

Do you sell triploid grass carp and when are they available?

Yes. Triploid grass carp are available once a year in late June / early July. These fish will keep your pond clean without the use of herbicides. This environmentally-safe approach also enables you to maintain higher quantities of trout. Planting of triploid grass carp requires a special permit from the WDFW. Click here for more information and a link to the permit application (also found below).

Related Documents:
WDFW Triploid Grass Carp Stocking Permit Application (PDF,251Kb)

What temperatures do trout prefer?

50-60°F. They tolerate temperatures up to 70°F for short periods of time. They also do well in colder water, but grow slower under these conditions.

How can I pay for my fish?

Payment is due upon delivery for all orders, unless otherwise indicated. Visa and Mastercard are accepted, as well as cash or check.
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