What does it costs to raise fish?
The price varies depending on the size of the fingerlings,and of course from year to year, and with different suppliers. 2 to 3″ are less than $2 each (about). I usually get 3-4″ for a bit more cost. If you don’t count the trip to get them, that’s all you need to put into them if you have a ‘mature’ pond that has lots of bugs and fresh water shrimp. This is the way I intended to do it..cheap and organic. I wanted them to eat this:
This is for sure what they eat. I got if from the belly of the fish we ate today. Hubby got carried away and started them on purchased fish food because he was impatient because they were smaller than our normal batch. This fish food is very expensive. You can easily get rid of a whole $60 bag in a season with 150 2-3″ fingerlings. This is what the purchased food looks like:
We had to dig a dugout for a water source anyway. We decided to co-habitate with the fish.We have a million gallon dugout about 17′ at the deepest (they like it deep – it’s cooler and keeps the oxygen intact). I think we put in 150 the last time about 2 years ago. They might live 5-6 years. In some of the pictures you will see a windmill that we use for aeration.
Although I don’t like to use the bagged food, it is good to feed them for a couple of weeks before they go dormant in the fall – usually about the end of September up here.
I put about a small square bale of barley straw on the pond’s edge just under the water level each year. This gives the fresh water shrimp a place to breed and multiply as well as a counter measure against the algae that likes to form around the pond. Depending on how much nutrient packed rain water run off a person gets during the summer and other factors, the algae may need more control. I normally put in an 5 gallon pail of an organic product into the pond mid-summer.This helps the deterioration process so that we don’t end up with black, sulphur-smelling water in the house during the winter after the plant material rots.
The best time to harvest trout is in the early spring or late fall when the water is cold. Because of their food sources and such, they taste less ‘murky’ at that time. Either that or you use more lemon, pepper and salt. ‘Lemon-pepper’ is good,but has preservatives in it.