Visit a State Fish Hatchery beginning March 23

Mar 19, 2024 | Ottawa Outdoors | 0 comments

Attend an open house at one of the six state fish hatcheries this spring to learn more about fish production. (Submitted photo)

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife invites the public to visit a state fish hatchery during this year’s open houses to learn about fish production. Hatchery open houses are free of charge and are a great chance to see fish up close before they are stocked into one of Ohio’s many public lakes and rivers.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife operates six state fish hatcheries, which raised and stocked 40.8 million fish in 2023. Sport fish species raised for stocking in public waters include cold-water fish (rainbow trout, steelhead, and brown trout), cool-water fish (saugeye, walleye, yellow perch, and muskellunge), and warm-water fish (hybrid-striped bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, and bluegill). These hatcheries enhance many of the fishing opportunities that anglers enjoy.

Hatchery open houses are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at each location:

  • Saturday, March 23: St. Marys State Fish Hatchery, 1735 Feeder Rd, St. Marys, 45885
  • Saturday, April 6: Hebron State Fish Hatchery, 10517 Canal Rd SE, Hebron, 43025
  • Saturday, April 6: Senecaville State Fish Hatchery, 57199 Senecaville Dam Rd, Senecaville, 43780
  • Saturday, April 13: Castalia State Fish Hatchery, 7018 Homegardner Rd, Castalia, 44824
  • Saturday, April 13: Kincaid State Fish Hatchery, 7487 St. Rt. 124, Latham, 45646
  • Saturday, May 4: London State Fish Hatchery, 2570 Roberts Mill Rd, London, 43140

During each open house, Division of Wildlife staff will give tours and answer questions about fish production and fisheries management. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about these hatcheries, view fish eggs and fry in production buildings, and watch older fish in ponds or raceways.

At the Castalia State Fish Hatchery open house, visitors can view rainbow trout fingerlings in the hatchery building or steelhead fingerlings in the covered raceways. Family-friendly activities will include the opportunity to view the Blue Hole on the hatchery grounds; shoot at the archery trailer and BB gun range; learn about Ohio’s bald eagles; and feed rainbow trout.

Fish biologists will have displays of fish sampling equipment including nets and an electrofishing boat. They will explain how the equipment captures fish, how the data is used to manage fish populations, and answer questions about Ohio’s fish populations. The large rainbow trout found on the backside of the hatchery in Cold Creek will also be open for viewing.

The majority of Ohio’s fish populations are sustained through natural reproduction; however, stocking expands and diversifies fishing opportunities in waters where existing habitats do not support some fish populations. Stocking is only one of many fish management tools used by the Division of Wildlife to improve angling.

Learn more about state fish hatcheries at

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