We have a live haul capacity up to 1,600 lbs on the large trout stocking truck and up to 600 lbs on the small trout stocking truck. Both trucks are 4x4 and can be used in tandem for larger orders that require getting to hard to reach spots.
Delivery fee: $3.00/loaded mile (up to 800 lbs; + $1.50/loaded mile for 801 to 1600 lbs) plus $30/hr stocking fee (>20 minutes on site)
Minimum delivery order is $350.00 of any size/type of trout.
Please note, scheduling deliveries can require 3 to 10 days depending on the season. To ensure your desired delivery date, please call 2 to 3 weeks in advance.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL - NO REFUNDS: All transactions are considered complete when trout have been successfully delivered in good condition.
Farm pickup orders by appointment only Monday-Saturday (appts available between 9:00am and 1:30pm). Please call or email to schedule. No drop ins- we are a working commercial facility.
Minimum farm pickup order: $85 fish
Loading fee (orders under $300): $15
We supply water for your containers. Please do not bring any water onto the farm.
*Farm pickup customers assume all responsibility for the successful transport of trout purchased. We do not recommend pickups for customers who live more than 1 hour from the farm, unless you have adequate oxygen and aeration equipment and ability to keep hauling water cool until you reach your final destination.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL - NO REFUNDS: All transactions are considered complete when trout have been successfully loaded into your transport container.
We can carry up to 5 bag max per delivery. Feed may also be picked up at the farm by appointment.
$45.00 per 44 lb bag (high performance)- 5.0mm 42% Protein/ 16% Lipid (Floating)
$48.00 per 44 lb bag (premium)- 45% Protein/ 20% Lipid (Floating) w/ vitamin pack
$50.00 per 44 lb bag (pink premium) - 6.5mm 45% Protein/ 20% Lipid (Floating) w/ vitamin pack & natural astaxanthin
Sizes and #fish/lb on the order form are approximate and may vary slightly based on current inventory at time of delivery. Please specify any special requests when you place your order and we will do our best to tailor the order to your specific needs.
Volume discounts are available on 11-23" rainbow trout for customers who purchase > $1,000 worth of rainbow trout per year. Please contact CCTF for more information and to determine if you qualify. Discounts are not available for brook, brown or trophy trout, or special orders.
Our trout are inspected annually by the NC Wildlife Commission for stocking permits.
CCTF voluntarily tests all species of trout annually for whirling disease and submits results to all states requiring this test for stocking permits.
Current testing certificates are valid for permitting through Fall 2022.
All fingerlings are injection vaccinated at the hatchery to insure disease resistance and superior quality.
Water source is pristine fast flowing spring fed creek from 1,000 acre watershed within protected state forest.
Spring and Fall are excellent times to stock trout in recreational ponds. However, stocking trout without knowing if they are appropriate can be disastrous. A fish kill can result either immediately or in the future without an understanding of specific pond and fish species characteristics.
Rainbow trout are a preferred species by pond owners in Western North Carolina. However, some pond owners stock trout only to later discover the pond is not appropriate. Water temperatures exceeding 70 ℉ for more than a few hours can be lethal to rainbow trout. Many ponds in Western North Carolina exceed 70 ℉ due to inadequate water flow. Adequate water flow and an understanding of water temperatures during the Summer months are a necessity in selecting an appropriate fish species.
In ponds known to exceed 70 ℉ in the Summer months, two options are available. Rainbow trout can be stocked in the Fall when water temperatures consistently fall below 70 ℉. The trout must be harvested or removed before the water temperature exceeds 70 ℉ in the Spring, usually in April or May.
Stocking rates are variable, depending on several factors like water flow, pond size, harvest methods, and management preferences. In general, trout must be fed due to natural food limitations. Obviously fish that are fed will grow more rapidly than fish allowed to forage for themselves. Also, generally, twice as many fish can be stocked if fed. Appropriate stocking rates are shown below.
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For permitting information, please see the links below.
In general, trout must be fed due to natural food limitations. A standard floating trout feed is preferred for trout. Fish feed comes in different sizes and the appropriate size feed should be selected according to fish size.
Buy only as much feed as needed for one to two months and store in a cool, dry area. If feed becomes moldy, discard it since moldy feed will kill trout. Do not overfeed because wasted feed contributes to water quality problems. Feed only as much as is readily consumed within a few minutes by the fish.
With just aeration, you should have 2 gallons of water per 1 pound of fish. If you have oxygen, you can reduce this to 1 to 1.5 gallons of water per 1 pound of fish depending on fish size.