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Iowa's Fish Hatcheries

More than 130 million fish are stocked annually into Iowa waters, raised in cold water fish hatcheries, cool and warm water hatcheries and egg-taking stations. Fish raised and stocked from hatcheries include trout, channel catfish, hybrid striped bass, muskellunge, northern pike, saugeye, walleye and more.

All DNR offices, including fish hatcheries, are closed to the public until further notice due to COVID-19 precautions.



+ Big Spring Fish Hatchery
+ Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery
+ Fairport Fish Hatchery
+ Guttenberg Fish Hatchery
+ Manchester Fish Hatchery
+ Mount Ayr Fish Hatchery
+ Rathbun Fish Hatchery
+ Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery
A look inside...


Many people think of trout in terms of going from the water to the frying pan but it all actually starts in reverse, from fertilized trout eggs in a pan to hatching and eventually going to the water where they can be caught.

Take a look inside the Manchester Fish Hatchery and the trout spawning process.