2023 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 5


A lake contains $250$ trout, along with a variety of other fish. When a marine biologist catches and releases a sample of $180$ fish from the lake, $30$ are identified as trout. Assume that the ratio of trout to the total number of fish is the same in both the sample and the lake. How many fish are there in the lake?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 1250 \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 1500 \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 1750 \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 1800 \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 2000$


Note that \[\frac{\text{number of trout}}{\text{total number of fish}} = \frac{30}{180} = \frac16.\] So, the total number of fish is $6$ times the number of trout. Since the lake contains $250$ trout, there are $250\cdot6=\boxed{\textbf{(B)}\ 1500}$ fish in the lake.

~apex304, SohumUttamchandani, wuwang2002, TaeKim, Cxrupptedpat, MRENTHUSIASM

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