Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Fishing on a National Fish Hatchery

Many National Fish Hatcheries managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service have public fishing access. The list provided can help you get started on a fishing adventure. A fishing license is often needed but in most states can be purchased on line in advance. Don't forget to review your state fishing rules and regulations before heading out because they also apply to federal lands.

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Hatcheries With Public Fishing Access

Pacific Region - (Idaho, Oregon, and Washington)

Entiat National Fish Hatchery
6970 Fish Hatchery Dr
Entiat, WA 98822
(509) 784-1131

Entiat National Fish Hatchery raises summer Chinook salmon, releasing them into the Entiat River to make their way to the Pacific Ocean. Many are harvested in commercial, sport, and tribal fisheries from the Entiat River to southeast Alaska. Visitors are welcome to tour the hatchery and in summer, a volunteer might be available for tours and staff can help answer questions. A kids fishing pond is open only during Entiat Outdoor Skills Days, when local students make field trips to the hatchery.

Hagerman National Fish Hatchery
3059-D National Fish Hatchery Rd
Hagerman, ID 83332
(208) 837-4896  

Excellent fishing for rainbow trout is found at Oster Lake #1 on Hagerman National Fish Hatchery grounds. Oster #1 is one of a series of ponds that extend onto the Hagerman Wildlife Management Area (WMA). These ponds are stocked by Idaho Department of Fish and Game for recreational fishing with the season open March 1st to November 1st. A wheelchair accessible dock is also available. Self-guided tours are available as well as limited guided group tours, call to schedule guided tours, (208) 837-4896.

Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
12790 Fish Hatchery Rd  
Leavenworth, WA  98826
(509) 548-7641

Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery currently raises 1.2 million juvenile spring Chinook salmon every year, releasing them into Icicle Creek. Many fish provide opportunities for sport and tribal fisheries in Icicle Creek, the Methow River and the lower Columbia River. In 2017 Icicle Creek was opened to spring Chinook fishing June 24-July 31. Phone: (509) 548-7641.

Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery
56961 State Road 14 
Cook, WA 98605
(509) 538-2755

Spring and up-river bright fall Chinook salmon produced at the Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery contributes significantly to the salmon harvested by sport fishers in the Columbia River, particularly in Drano Lake. Spring Chinook adults typically enter Drano Lake during late March thru May and fall Chinook can be found in Drano Lake as early as August until they make their push upstream to the hatchery in late October. A handicapped accessible fishing ramp and platform at Drano Lake provides enhanced fishing opportunities and a boat ramp provides easy access for launching into Drano Lake. An underwater viewing area and wildlife viewing opportunities are also available. Phone: (509) 538-2755.

Makah National Fish Hatchery
897 Hatchery Rd 
Neah Bay, WA  98367
(360) 645-2521

Makah National Fish Hatchery raises Chinook and Coho salmon well as steelhead for release into the Tsoo-Yess and Wa’atch rivers. Freshwater sport and tribal fisheries in the Tsoo-Yess River benefit from the fish reared at Makah National Fish Hatchery. Visit the hatchery to watch the spawning which occurs from early October through the end of December. Please call ahead to confirm the schedule. Phone: (360) 645-2521

Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery
61552 State Road 14 
Underwood, WA 98651
(509) 493-1730

Tule fall Chinook salmon are native to parts of the Columbia River and have historically provided food for people living along the river. They begin returning in late August about the time the fish ladder opens and spawning happens the last two weeks of September. If you’d rather catch fish than watch them, the shore areas provide respectable smallmouth bass habitat. For more information or to schedule a group tour, call (509) 493-1730 or the Columbia Gorge Information and Education Office at (509) 493-2934.

Southwest Region (Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas)

Alchesay National Fish Hatchery
P.O Box 2430 
Pinetop,  AZ 85935
(928) 338-4901

The Alchesay-Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery Complex is located on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in the White Mountains of east-central Arizona. Fishing access maps are available at trail heads, trout are the most prevalent species, with rainbow, brown and brook trout the most abundant. Reservation permits are required when camping or fishing on Indian lands. For more information call (928) 338-4901/4902.

Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery
345 Clay Young Road
Burnet, TX 78611
(512) 793-2474

Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery serves its immediate community of the Texas Hill Country as a fishing and day-use outdoor recreation site, located on the Colorado River of central Texas. The hatchery offers several trails for exploration. You can fish anywhere along the shoreline, but all state fishing regulations apply. An unimproved small boat launch for kayaks and canoes is also available. For information on tours or just to learn more; call (512) 793-2474.

Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery
6501 W Hwy 7 
Tishomingo, OK  73460
(580) 384-5463

Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery is located on tranquil Pennington Creek which offers a public fishing site on the hatchery land. Fly-fishing for smallmouth bass and sunfish being very popular using wading or bank-fishing methods. The hatchery grounds are open for fishing in Pennington Creek and hiking the Nature Trail, 24 hours a day, year round. Please obey the “Area Closed” signs. For questions or to arrange a guided tour, call (580) 384-5463.

Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin)

Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery
21990 W. Trout Ln 
Brimley, MI  49715
(906) 437-5231

Public use opportunities at Pendills Creek/Sullivan Creek National Fish Hatchery Complex include fishery education, hatchery tours and a Lake Superior public access site. Activities at the site include fishing, ice fishing, swimming, hiking and much more. Both Lake Superior itself and Pendills Creek is open to fishing. Everything from whitefish and menominee, to trout and salmon can be caught. Guided group tours during visitor hours are available. (906) 437-5231

Southeast Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands)

Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery
4730 Rock Creek Rd 
Suches, GA  30572
(706) 838-4723

Surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest, the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery occupies a 44.8 acre tract of land straddling Mill Creek and Rock Creek, tributaries of the Toccoa River. Fishing is allowed in Rock Creek, which runs through hatchery grounds. Individuals must bring their own fishing gear and bait, license and trout stamp which can be purchased at local stores. Rock Creek Lake, located two miles north of the hatchery, also provides good fishing opportunities. Special tour groups can be prearranged by calling (706) 838-4723.

Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery
145 Fish Hatchery Rd 
Celina, TN  38551
(931) 243-2443

Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery has a lot to offer with an aquarium/visitor center, displays and paved walking paths. Nearby Dale Hollow Lake is renowned for its fishing opportunities. In addition to yielding the world record smallmouth bass and being known as a trophy smallmouth lake, the Obey River below Dale Hollow Dam is also known for excellent rainbow and brown trout fishing. Phone: (931) 243 2443.

Edenton National Fish Hatchery
1102 West Queen St 
Edenton, NC  27932
(252) 482-4118

The Edenton National Fish Hatchery features a raised 200-foot-long wheelchair accessible boardwalk through bottomland hardwood wetland ending at a fishing pier, a classroom that seats 32, and aquariums and exhibits. All facilities are open to the public for self-guided tours. Large groups as well as small are given tours by station personnel, if arrangements are made in advance. Contact the hatchery office at (252) 482-4118 for more details and to learn about a variety of exciting volunteer opportunities.

Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery
P.O. Box 160 
302 Fish Hatchery Ln
Mammoth Spring, AR  72554
(870) 625-3912

Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery’s water is supplied by Mammoth Spring and is regularly stocked with rainbow trout. You may also find excellent fishing opportunities in Spring River adjacent to the hatchery, but please follow state fishing regulations. The hatchery has numerous aquariums to enjoy and special group tours can be arranged. Phone: (870) 625-3912.

Orangeburg National Fish Hatchery
P.O. Box 410
427 Lakeview Dr
Hwy 21 By Pass 
Orangeburg, SC  29116
(803) 534-4828

Orangeburg National Fish Hatchery consists of two units, a main station and a substation. The substation is used for fish production and includes a 100-acre reservoir for boating and fishing, as well as walking trails that offer great opportunities for birding and outdoor recreation, an aquarium center, and an outdoor recreation and education area. Weekend and special group tours can be arranged by contacting the hatchery office. Phone: (803) 534-4828.

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
50 Kendall Rd 
Jamestown, KY 42629
(270) 343-3797

There is plenty to do when you visit Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, including fishing! Nearby Hatchery Creek provides healthy aquatic habitat that attracts trout, including larger, trophy-sized fish from the Cumberland River and there is a wheelchair accessible fishing ramp. Fishing the stream provides a great opportunity to see a wide array of native wildlife and there is nearby camping and lodging. Visitors are welcome to tour the hatchery, call (270) 343-3797.

Northeast Region (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhose Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia)

Allegheny National Fish Hatchery
6616 Hemlock Rd 
Warren, PA 16365
(814) 726-0890

Allegheny National Fish Hatchery is located on the Allegheny River. Though fishing is not permitted in the hatchery, it provides shore angler access to the designated special trout regulation area of the Allegheny River and downstream from the Kinzua Dam, yields some of the largest freshwater fish (trout, walleye, bass, muskie) in North America. The hatchery has two public parking areas for anglers and tours and adjacent to the hatchery the Army Corps provides an accessible fishing platform and comfort station.

Berkshire National Fish Hatchery
240 Hatchery Rd 
New Marborough, MA  01230
(413) 528-9761

The Berkshire National Fish Hatchery encourages young anglers to use their derby pond anytime during office hours by obtaining a permit from the hatchery office. The derby pond is open year round (weather permitting). For questions about fishing and fishing derbies, contact hatchery staff, (413) 528-9761.

Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery
306 Hatchery Rd
East Orland, ME  04431
(207) 469-7300

Enjoy your time and all there is to do at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery including boat access and picnic areas on Alamoosook Lake and Craig Pond. Alamoosook Lake (warm water species such as bass, pickerel and perch) and Craig Pond (cold water species such as lake trout and landlocked salmon) offer excellent fishing and boating opportunities. Both lakes are popular fishing destinations during open water and ice- fishing seasons. Be sure to check the state fishing and boating regulations. Hatchery tours are self-guided tours, call 207-902-1557 for larger group tours.

Dwight D. Eisenhower National Fish Hatchery
4 Holden Rd 
North Chittenden, VT  05763
(802) 483-6618

Visit Dwight D. Eisenhower National Fish Hatchery, where wild populations of brook, brown, and rainbow trout dominate the fish community in Furnace Brook. Visitors are welcome and please call (802) 483-6618 for more information.

Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery
11110 Kimages Rd 
Charles City, VA  23030
(804) 829-2421

Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery offers fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, birding and wildlife watching. Harrison Lake, water supplier for the hatchery, also provides anglers with a peaceful setting to try their luck on a variety of fish species: largemouth bass, black crappie, chain pickerel, bluegill, red ear sunfish, warmouth, flier, and bowfin. There is a gravel boat ramp and a handicapped-accessible pier. For additional information, please call the hatchery at (804) 829-2421.

Lamar National Fish Hatchery & Northeast Fishery Center Complex
P.O. Box 75 308
Washington Ave. Lamar, PA 16848
(570) 726-4247

The Northeast Fishery Center is located on Fishing Creek with almost the entire Fishing Creek Watershed designated as a High Quality-Cold Water Fishery and 41 miles of Class A streams. Trophy trout sections occur on this stream and many areas are stocked with rainbow, brook, and brown trout. Please call to schedule a tour; learn about our fishing events and more. (570) 726-4247.

White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery
400 E Main St 
White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986
(304) 536-1361

White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery visitors can enjoy accessible walking trails, hiking opportunities or a tour of the hatchery. Please call (304) 536-1361 one week in advance to schedule a tour and learn about fishing events.

Mountain-Prairie Region (Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming)

Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery
8077 Hatchery Rd 
Hotchkiss, CO 81419
(970) 872-3170

Located along the banks of the North Fork of the Gunnison River, visitors to Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery have a bounty of nearby recreational opportunities available: hiking/nature trails, picnicking, wildlife and bird watching, photography and, fishing. The most prized catch by anglers, rainbow and brown trout. (970) 872-3170

Jackson National Fish Hatchery
1500 Jackson Hatchery Rd 
Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 733-2510

Jackson National Fish Hatchery provides many exciting visitor opportunities. Sleeping Indian Pond on the hatchery grounds is very popular for public fishing enjoyment and offers a wheelchair accessible observation/fishing deck. The pond is an excellent place for children and first time anglers, whether it be fly-fishing or just using worms. Non-resident children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult with a license. There is a one fish limit per license. Equipment and licenses are not available on-site. Phone: (307) 733-2510 for more information.

Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery
24495 East Jones Hole Hatchery Rd 
Vernal, UT  84078-2042
(435) 789-4481

Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery provides many exciting visitor opportunities at the hatchery and surrounding area. Try your luck fishing in Jones Hole Creek, which is clear and cool -- perfect habitat for brown and rainbow trout. All anglers must have a valid Utah fishing license and be familiar with Utah fishing regulations.

Leadville National Fish Hatchery
2846 Highway 300
Leadville, CO  80461
(719) 486-0189

Leadville National Fish Hatchery provides many exciting visitor opportunities like hiking and wildlife viewing. Public fishing is allowed on Rock Creek, about a mile hike from the hatchery compound. To learn more, call (719) 486-0189.

Valley City National Fish Hatchery
11515 River Rd 
Valley City, ND  58072
(701) 845-3464

Valley City National Fish Hatchery offers visitors access to a nature trail/pollinator garden and a kids fishing pond stocked full of rainbow trout and bluegill. The hatchery has fishing poles that are available to borrow while visiting the facility. For group tours, phone: (701) 845-3464.