Broodstock are adult fish that produce eggs and sperm. A brood stock hatchery specializes in rearing fish to adult size, then taking the eggs from those fish, fertilizing the eggs with sperm, incubating the eggs through the fragile early stages, and shipping them to production hatcheries where they are hatched and the fish are raised to stockable sizes.
As a result of the Saratoga National Fish Hatchery broodstock program, genetically distinct strains of trout have been perpetuated, and the eggs provided to production hatcheries contribute to the multi-million dollar economic impact of recreational fishing throughout the Nation. Excess and retired brood fish are also stocked in Wyoming waters to support additional recreational angling opportunities.
Benefits: Since 1992, Saratoga National Fish Hatchery has provided eggs to over 50 Federal, Tribal and State Programs nationwide. The map below illustrates the states that have benefited from the products produced at Saratoga hatchery.
Last updated: January 13, 2012