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Wisconsin Trout Sales Top $1.75 Million
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/28/2023

Wisconsin's trout producers reported $1,752,000 in trout sales during 2022 according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Trout Production report, up 3 percent from 2021. Sales of trout 12 inches and longer totaled $1,671,000, up 4 percent from 2021.

The number of trout 12 inches and longer sold during 2022 was down 20,000 to 250,000 fish. The total live weight of trout sold in this size category was 257,000 pounds, 6 percent lower than a year ago. Producers received an average of $6.50 per pound in this size class in 2022, 60 cents above 2021.

The total value of fish sales received by trout growers in the United States totaled 103 million dollars for 2022, up 4 percent from 2021.

The number of trout 12 inches and longer sold during 2022 totaled 27.2 million fish, up 3 percent from the previous year. The average price per pound was $2.19, up 7 percent from the previous year. The value of sales for the 2022 marketing year was 94.7 million dollars, up 3 percent from 2021. For trout 12 inches or longer, 69.3 percent were sold to processors.

The number of 6"- 12" trout sold during 2022 totaled 5.01 million fish, up 3 percent from 2021. The average price per pound was $4.39 during 2022, up slightly from the 2021 price. The total value of sales was 6.89 million dollars during 2022, up 14 percent from the previous year. The major sales outlets for 6"-12" trout were for recreational stocking accounting for 53.7 percent of total sales.

The number of 1"- 6" trout sold during 2022 totaled 5.21 million, up 4 percent from the previous year. The average value per 1,000 fish was $246 during 2022, up from $241 in 2021. The total value of sales was 1.28 million dollars, up 6 percent from last year's total.

Trout distributed for restoration, conservation, enhancement, or recreational purposes, primarily by State and Federal hatcheries, included 5.73 million 12" or longer fish, 64.8 million 6"- 12" fish, and 45.1 million 1"- 6" fish. The estimated value of fish distributed totaled 139 million dollars, up slightly from 2021.

Total losses of all trout intended for sale were 10.1 million fish during 2022. Disease accounted for 66 percent of these losses


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