Overview of Michigan's Fish Production System (Hatcheries)
Fish Production, Stocking, Management, and Research
are supported by Sport Fish Restoration Act funding.
- A Summary of Michigan's Fish Production Program
The State of Michigan operates six hatcheries, five permanent salmonid egg take stations and up to 40 rearing ponds. Two hatcheries are located in the Upper Peninsula while four hatcheries are located in the Lower Peninsula on the west side of the state.
- History of Michigan's Fish Production Systems The goal of Michigan's Fish Production program is to hatch, rear and transport fish required for the management of both Great Lakes and inland fisheries.
- Getting back to basics: where, why and how the DNR rears and stocks fish
- Why can't more yearling trout and salmon be reared? Information is available about why we rear the numbers of trout and salmon that we do.
- A Map of Michigan's State Fish Hatcheries & Weirs Check out this map that documents all the locations of Michigan's state fish hatcheries and weirs.
Fish Production Facilities
- Harrietta State Fish Hatchery
Harrietta State Fish Hatchery is State of Michigan's oldest operating state hatchery and was first opened in 1901. It is a major rearing facility for rainbow (mostly for inland waters) and brown trout (both inland and Great Lakes waters).
- Marquette State Fish Hatchery
This facility also rears brown trout and splake (a brook trout lake trout hybrid) for both Great Lakes and inland waters. It is the primary broodstock and rearing facility for brook and lake trout that are used in both inland and Great Lakes waters.
- Oden State Fish Hatchery
The Oden State Fish Hatchery complex is one of the most advanced fish culture facilities of its kind. This facility is the brown and rainbow trout broodstock station and is a major rearing facility for those two species.
- Platte River State Fish Hatchery
This facility raises coho and chinook salmon and is the main egg take station for coho salmon in the Upper Great Lakes.
- Thompson State Fish Hatchery This facility produces a wide range of fish species for both inland and Great Lakes waters because of its unique water supply.
- Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery
This facility produces a wide range of fish species for both inland and Great Lakes waters. Coldwater species produced for Great Lakes waters include steelhead trout and chinook salmon. Coolwater species produced at this facility include lake sturgeon (the only facility to rear this species), walleye, northern pike, channel catfish (obtained from other states) and northern muskellunge.
Of Special Interest
- Historical Perspective on the Use of Hatchery Fish
- How do you determine which hatchery stocks which waters?
- Michigan's Fish Production Program - Summary for 2011
- Night Stocking Sport Fish Species
- Older Resources Archived for Review
- Ponds - Building, Managing and Stocking Private Ponds in Michigan
- State Fish Hatchery & Weir Map