SWCD taking orders for bass, trout, catfish, perch and crappie
Monday, August 9, 2010 - 6:36 am

The St. Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District is now taking orders for its annual fish program.

Available are largemouth bass, brook trout, rainbow trout, catfish, perch, and crappie. These fish average about four inches long.

Prices are about $150 per hundred depending on the species. Minimum order is 25 fish. Fathead minnows are also available as feed at a lower cost. Note: Minnows also eat mosquitoes.

Trout will do best in cold ponds. Rainbow may grow to 20-24 inches and can weigh 2 – 3 pounds. Rainbows are larger, but brooks are more aggressive. The largemouth bass do well in warmer ponds. They may grow to 18-19” and can weigh 4-5 pounds.

A bass requires 8 pounds of food to gain 1 pound of body weight. Catfish, which are a better fish then the common bullhead, can get up to 5-10 pounds and will tolerate a wide range of water temperature. Perch can grow to 9” and like cool water and will spawn rapidly in many places. Black crappie make for some great fishing and eating.

Orders are being taken until October 1, 2010, with pick-up on October 15th. Proceeds of these sales benefit conservation projects in the county. The Soil and Water Conservation District has been serving county residents since 1957.

For more information or for an order form, phone 386-3582, write or stop by the office at 1942 Old DeKalb Road, Canton, NY 13617. Forms are also available at www.slcswcd.org.