Laurel Hill Trout Farm has been a family owned company since 1964 when Clair Bassett purchased a small trout farm and fee fishing operation. Clair's son-in-law, Robert (Bob) Pritts, joined the business in 1974. Over the next 6 years they operated the farm located in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. In 1980, decreasing water flows prompted them to close this operation. Clair operated the business out of his home and the three raceways that he had there for the next two years. Then in 1982, a water supply became available in Osterburg, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, and Bob and Clair built a new hatchery there. Two years later, to help meet rising customer demand, they built another hatchery in Somerset, Pennsylvania. Though Clair retired from the business in 1990 when Bob and his wife, Gloria, bought Clair's share of the business, Clair can still be found lending a hand during the busy season.
Today, the two hatcheries located in southwestern Pennsylvania serve customers in Pennsylvania, along with many of its bordering states, with high-quality rainbow, brook, brown and golden trout. The cold, clean water supplies and hand-selected brood stock allow us to serve our customers with exceptionally high quality trout. Over the last 40+ years, our brood stock has been selected to provide not only good growth, but also exceptional color, hardiness and fighting ability. We operate a fleet of 10 live haul truck and can handle fish deliveries whether large or small.
The farm was incorporated in 2005 and officially became Laurel Hill Trout Farm, Inc. The farm's current owners are Bob and Gloria Pritts and their son Adam Pritts. Laurel Hill Trout Farm, Inc. employs 7 full time employees, including Bob and Adam Pritts. Our highly trained staff has over 70+ years of combined aquaculture experience and can assist you in almost all of your pond or stream management needs.
In addition to fish, we also raise pheasants and carry a variety of pond and stream management supplies to help our customers with all their water management needs. We also have a fee fishing facility, Laurel Hill Trout Pond, which has been in operation since 1990 and is located next to our Somerset Farm.
From all of us at Laurel Hill Trout Farm, Inc.