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Overview of Michigan's Fish Production System (Hatcheries)

  • Image of Sport Fish Restoration Logo Fish Production, Stocking, Management, and Research
    are supported by Sport Fish Restoration Act funding.
  • A Summary of Michigan's Fish Production ProgramThe 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 SystemsThe 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.
  • A Map of Michigan's State Fish Hatcheries & WeirsCheck out this map that documents all the locations of Michigan's state fish hatcheries and weirs.

Fish Production Facilities

  • Harrietta State Fish HatcheryHarrietta 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 HatcheryThis 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 HatcheryThe 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 HatcheryThis facility raises coho and chinook salmon and is the main egg take station for coho salmon in the Upper Great Lakes.
  • Thompson State Fish HatcheryThis 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 HatcheryThis 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.
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