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Take a mom fishing on Mother’s Day weekend!

May 2018

Environmental Education Specialist at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Moria Painter and daughters spend quality outdoor time
at the hatchery. Photo Credit: Brett Billings/USFWS
mom  and daughters spend quality outdoor time at the Wolf Creek hatchery

If you are looking for a place to take mom fishing over Mother’s Day weekend, think about a National Fish Hatchery. Many of our hatcheries provide fishing opportunities and might be just a short drive away. While visiting you can relax, have a picnic, view fish and wildlife, take a tour, and maybe enjoy a walking, hiking or biking trail.

To see what is available at a hatchery near you, please visit their website or call ahead. Not all hatcheries will offer the same opportunities. A few examples include:

Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery
Celina, Tennessee

Dale Hollow hatchery, just off State Highway 53, has a nice creek located below it which is stocked every Friday with rainbow trout. The adjacent Obey River, known for its excellent rainbow and trout fishing, also is stocked with rainbow trout but in April, brown trout only. The hatchery offers a paved path along the creek, wheelchair accessible public fishing area, nature viewing, hatchery tours, and public restrooms. The adjoining Corps of Engineers campground provides full hook-ups for campers and easy access to both the Obey River and hatchery creek. There is also an annual Kids’ Fishing Rodeo, lots of fun for mom and kids.

Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery
Cook, Washington

Within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the hatchery releases 1 million Spring Chinook in April and 4.5 million Fall Chinook in July. The fish make their way from the hatchery to the Columbia River by way of Drano Lake with access on adjacent hatchery property. A wheelchair accessible fishing ramp and platform provides enhanced fishing opportunities and a boat ramp provides easy access for launching into Drano Lake, where you can fish for Chinook, coho and steelhead. Public restrooms, picnic tables, wildlife viewing and an interpretative center are available.

Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery
Charles City, Virginia

Harrison Lake provides anglers with a peaceful setting to try their luck on a variety of fish species: largemouth bass, black crappie, chain pickerel, bluegill, redear sunfish, warmouth, flier, and bowfin. There is a gravel boat ramp and a wheelchair accessible pier provided free of charge. The use of gasoline motors is not allowed unless they are 5-hp or less. Other recreational opportunities on the hatchery include hiking along two wooded nature trails, birding, wildlife watching, and picnic tables overlooking the lake. The hatchery sits on 444 acres and is adjacent to the Virginia Capital Trail, a 52-mile biking/hiking trail.

Find a hatchery near you!


Scientists track prehistoric fish with 21st century satellites

May 2018

Lake sturgeon. Photo credit: USFWS
photo of a Lake sturgeon in the water

Lake sturgeon were presumed extirpated from most of the Great Lakes until recently. Scientists from the Shedd Aquarium and the Service’s Northeast Fishery Center and Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office are using marine-animal monitoring technology and satellites to study their behavior and movement in Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the Niagara River. Because sturgeon can reach over 7 feet in length and weigh more than 200 pounds, scientists are using technology ocean researchers use to collect information on dolphins, sharks and turtles. The collaboration that began in 2014 marks the first time Great Lakes sturgeon were studied using this technology known as pop-off satellite tags; learn about their results in the Journal of Great Lakes Research. Because sturgeon don’t reproduce until they are 10 to 20 years old, it will take them decades to recover after their numbers were so low 40 years ago. Over the past 4 years, Lower Great Lakes and Northeast Fishery Center have observed more sturgeon and documented spawning. In the coming year, they will look for juveniles to document evidence of new generations of sturgeon.

News Article

Secrets Of The Lower Great Lakes: The Search For Lake Sturgeon

Bringing Back An Old Fish To A Young River

Setting The Stage For Lake Sturgeon


World Fish Migration Day Celebrates Conservation Actions that Benefit Migratory Fish Species

April 2018

A one day global-local event to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish.

Whether long-distance swimmers or not, all fish have something in common. They need to migrate or move to get to habitats where they can spawn, feed, find shelter and escape extreme temperatures or too high or low water flows.

Unfortunately, many fish can’t complete their migration because of barriers to fish passage – like dams, road culverts, low water levels and levees. More than 6 million barriers in the U.S. alone keep fish from reaching their travel destinations.

Where you can find more information.

WFMD 2018 News Release

World Fish Migration Day

National Fish Passage Program

Migration Station

Fish passage and migration features:

image of rainbow trout swimming
thumbnail of the strategic plan
National Fisheries Friends Partnership National Fisheries Friends Partnership
thumbnail of the regional map
thumbnail of fish poster
link to the Fish Migration Station webpage
link to the take me fishing website Refuge places to find Fish
link to take me fishing website and explore fish species
Last updated: May 21, 2018