RUTLAND-Do you own a pond? Would you like to stock it with free fish, no stings attached? If the offer sounds a little fishy, well, it is. The Rutland Natural Resources Conservation District has a free, pond fish-stocking deal just for you.
This month, the RNRCD is offering farm-raised trout for all sizes and shapes of local, private (non-commercial) ponds. The trout are available to local residents thanks to the Rutland County Spring Trout Stocking program.
All RNRCD trout offered were raised under controlled conditions at the Hy-on-a-Hill Trout Farm in Plainfield.
The hatchery will truck-in rainbow and brook trout to the RNRCD office at 170 South Main St., in Rutland, on Saturday, May 21. There you can pick up the fish or request larger fish to be delivered to your pond that afternoon.
Hy-On-A Hill hatches 150,000-200,000 trout every year. The fish range from 6 inches long to several pounds in weight.
All Hy-On-A Hill trout are disease free since the farm is certified as a Class A Disease Free Hatchery.
Diseased fish are less likely to survive and reproduce through stressful periods caused by high water temperature, turbidity or an imbalance in water chemistry, according to RNRCD officials.
Pre-paid orders will be taken until May 18 by calling 775-8034, ext. 17.