The USDA 2017 Wisconsin Trout Production report was recently released. According to the report, Wisconsin’s trout producers reported $1.69 million in trout sales during 2017, a 9 percent increase from 2016. The value of trout distributed for restoration or conservation on the other hand decreased 19 percent in 2017 to $2.20 million.
The number of trout sold with a length greater than 12 inches long was 390,000 fish. The sales of Wisconsin trout greater than 12 inches long totaled $1.57 million. The total live weight of trout sold in this size category was 378,000 pounds. Producers received an average of $4.15 per pound for fish sold in this size class.
Producers raising trout for sale in 2017 lost 191,000 fish weighing a total of 90,000 pounds to various causes. The number of trout lost was 51,000 more than last year, while the total weight of the fish lost increased 50,000 pounds.
Then taking a look at trout production in the U.S. as a whole, the total value of fish sales received by trout growers in the United States totaled 109 million dollars for 2017. This was an increase of 4 percent from 2016.
The number of trout 12 inches and longer sold during 2017 totaled 40.3 million fish, down 13 percent from the previous year. The average price per pound was $1.89, up 15 percent from 2016. The value of sales for the 2017 marketing year was 101 million dollars, up 4 percent from 2016.
The number of 6″- 12″ trout sold during 2017 totaled 6.43 million fish, an increase of 8 percent from 2016. The average price per pound was $3.95 during 2017, up 2 percent from the 2016 price. The total value of sales was 7.45 million dollars during 2017, a 13 percent increase from the previous year. The major sales outlets for 6″-12″ trout were for recreational stocking accounting for 51 percent of total sales, followed by wholesale to other producers with 24 percent.
The number of 1″- 6″ trout sold during 2017 totaled 6.47 million, an increase of 10 percent from the previous year. The average value per 1,000 fish was $196 during 2017, down from $220 in 2016. The total value of sales was 1.27 million dollars, down 2 percent from last year’s total.
Trout distributed for restoration, conservation, enhancement, or recreational purposes, primarily by State and Federal hatcheries, included 9.66 million 12″ or longer fish, 64.2 million 6″- 12″ fish, and 49.2 million 1″- 6″ fish. The estimated value of fish distributed totaled 132 million dollars, up 2 percent from 2016.
Total losses of all trout intended for sale in the United States were 31.4 million fish during 2017. Disease accounted for 94 percent of these losses.
For the complete USDA Trout Production report search under Publications on the USDA NASS website at, www.nass.usda.gov.