Pricey Trout Mean Fewer Stocked Fish for Pennsylvania

One thing’s for sure: deflation hasn’t hit the cost of hatchery-raised trout. A rise in price from $1.27 to $3.38 per fish from Pennsylvania’s main stocked trout source has led the state to cancel the purchase of 130,000 trout, according to Deborah Weisberg in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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  • Bill

    It’s time for PA to go back and open the many trout farms they moth-balled in the past. Fire them up, and lets get back to stocking our own trout and forget the vendors who decided to take advantage by raising the price per fish, well beyond what makes sense.

  • Rick

    I’ve said for a long time that the real driver for progressive trout management would be an increase in the cost of hatchery fish so that put ‘n take managment would be too expensive. and that looks like what is happening in PA?
    How about letting the river grow fish (or raise fingerlings in the hatchery vs. “catchable” size fish) and reducing creel limits. Trout resources as “grocery store” is an idea way past its prime.