Creston National Fish Hatchery (NFH) currently raises two strains of rainbow trout; Eagle Lake and Arlee. We also rear two strains of westslope cutthroat trout; Montana MO12 and Jore. Annually Creston stocks approximately 750,000 rainbow and 200,000 westslope cutthroat trout, all within the State of Montana.
Our rainbow trout eggs arrive from Ennis National Fish Hatchery. Creston NFH will incubate, hatch, and grow out approximately 400,000 Arlee strain rainbow trout fry and 500,000 Eagle Lakes strain rainbow trout fry for stocking goals. The westslope cuthroat trout eggs are received from the Washoe Park State Fish Hatchery and Creston will incubate, hatch, and grow out approximately 350,000 westslope cutthroat fry for stocking goals.
Currently, the hatchery produces trout to fill Tribal, State, and Federal fishery management goals across Montana. These fish help to replenish and restore sustainable trout populations and provide angling opportunities for recreational users and increase our native fish populations.
As a result of the Creston NFH's stocking efforts annual economic benefits weigh-in at over 150,000 angler days valued at approximately 10 million dollars.
As the aquatic habitat is challenged due to natural (drought, flood, habitat destruction) or human (over-harvest, pollution, habitat loss due to development and dam construction) influences, the reproduction of fish in the wild will decline. Stocking of fish is just one of many management strategies used by fishery biologists to help replenish fish populations and ensure the survival of trout species for years to come.
Last updated: February 18, 2015