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
+ Manchester Fish Hatchery

Manchester Fish Hatchery
22693 - 205th Ave., Manchester, IA 52057, 563-927-3276
Dan Rosauer; Aaron Schwartzhoff; Eric Bailey; Garald Rivers

The Manchester Fish Hatchery, located 4 miles southeast of Manchester, has a long and storied history. The first fish were produced here in the 1890’s. It was operated by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service until 1976 when it was given to the state of Iowa via a land trade. Since 1976, it has functioned as Iowa’s trout brood stock station where trout are spawned, incubated and hatched each year to produce over 600,000 fish for stocking in Iowa waters.

Station activities include:

  • Spawning, incubating and hatching of rainbow, brook and brown trout.
  • Raise and supply fingerling trout of all species to both Big Spring and Decorah hatcheries.
  • Raise fingerling trout of all species for the put-and-grow stocking program.
  • Raise and stock catchable size rainbow and brook trout for Iowa’s stream and urban put-and-take programs.
  • Building, grounds and equipment maintenance.
  • A myriad of public relations duties including: guided tours, public speaking presentations, multi-media contacts and educational science class assistance.
+ 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.