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.



+ Big Spring Fish Hatchery
+ Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery
+ Fairport Fish Hatchery
+ Guttenberg Fish Hatchery

Guttenberg Fish Hatchery
331 S River Park Dr., Guttenberg, IA 52052, 563-252-1156
Karen Osterkamp; Kevin Hanson

The Guttenberg Fish Hatchery, located in downtown Guttenberg, has produced northern pike fry for the Iowa DNR since 1974. Before that, the hatchery was owned and operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Each spring, after ice out, staff at Guttenberg and other DNR stations in eastern Iowa net northern pike from local backwater lakes. Hatchery operations typically start around March 15 and all fry are shipped out of the Guttenberg hatchery by April 15.

Station activities include:

  • Conduct HREP (Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Projects) monitoring for pre and post project fish habitat data.
  • Work closely with the Iowa DNR LTRM and research teams, Wisconsin DNR, U.S.F.W.S and Army Corps of Engineers to plan and design habitat for the most species in a cost effective manner.
  • Monitor and report invasive species concerns and inform boaters of invasive species presence and laws.
  • Attend partner coordination meetings on HREP to ensure project is constructed to design with the most benefits to fish and wildlife.
  • Conduct permit reviews for Mississippi River sovereign lands to avoid and minimize impacts to sovereign lands and mussel species.
  • Collect walleye and/or northern pike broodstock for fish culture to be stocked statewide.
  • Conduct aquatic education programs and fishing clinics
  • Operate the Guttenberg Visitor Aquariums.
+ 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.