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A very special visit to Mt. Lassen Trout Farm: Great operation, super people, a fun experience

PAYNES CREEK, CA –  I was thinking the other day that if I were to count up all the fish farms I have visited over the past 30 years, it would almost certainly surpass the 1,000-farm mark.

Lots of farms in lots of places.  Big ones, small ones.  Good ones, a few less good ones.  And some amazing people.  Fish farmers are a special breed.

SH-RobinsonBut you know, a recent trip to Northern California that included a visit to Mt. Lassen Trout Farm outside of Redding – about a hundred miles or so from the Oregon border – definitely ranks as one of my best farm visits ever.


Well, because Mt. Lassen is one of the most effectively run, multi-species, multi-culture, multi-market operations I have come across in a long time.

And because, as is so often the case, it’s about the people.  The owners and crew here are simply ourstanding.


Lowland catfish

While Mt. Lassen is first and foremost an outstanding trout farm, it is also a diversified, well-managed fish farming business.

That is very clear when you visit their so called “lowlands” catfish farm near Red Bluff.  The farm site is about a mile off I-5 – the major North-South corridor here.

FFN_3_15-cover…read the rest and much, much more in Issue 3, 2015 of Fish Farming News.

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