hatcheries

Hatcheries in Georgia

Walton Fish Hatchery

Located in Walton County, this hatchery provides stock for waters all across Georgia.

Directions from Interstate 20: Take exit number 101. Turn east on US Hwy 278/GA 12. Travel approximately 2 miles, hatchery is on the left.

         

Walton largemouth bass                                  Walton Fish Hatchery

Richmond Hill Fish Hatchery

Located on 87 acres in Bryan County, the Richmond Hill Fish Hatchery includes 38 fish ponds and rearing ponds, as well as three Kid's Fishing Event (KFE) ponds. Donated by Henry Ford in 1936, the hatchery produces bluegill, redear sunfish, largemouth bass, striped bass, and hybrid bass. It has produced over 600 million striped and hybrid bass fry since the statewide propagation program started in 1968.

McDuffie Fish Hatchery

McDuffie Hatchery and PFA is located in McDuffie County.

Directions from Thomson: South on Highway 17 to US Highway 278; left (east) for 5.6 miles; right on Ellington Airline Road for 2.8 miles; right on Fish Hatchery Road for 0.8 miles.

Cordele Fish Hatchery

Cordele is a 160-acres hatchery located in Crisp County. There are 27 ponds that produce channel catfish, golden shiners, hybrid bass, and shoal bass. Visitors can view this process with the best times being during the spring spawning and fall harvest activities.

DIRECTIONS: From Cordele: Travel approximately1 mile West on Hwy 280. Turn right on Fish Hatchery Road and go 1.5 miles to reach the hatchery.

 

Summerville Trout Hatchery

The Summerville Trout Hatchery and office is located in Chattooga County. The facility produces around 600,000 rainbow trout fry to distribute around Georgia each year.

 

         
Fish stocking truck                                            Raceways for growing trout
 

Burton Trout Hatchery

Burton Trout Hatchery is located in Rabun County on Moccasin Creek next to Lake Burton. The hatchery is approximately 20 miles north of Clarkesville on Georgia Highway 197. There is a family fishing pond open daily for channel catfish from 8 a.m.–6 p.m., with a limit of four fish. Burton Hatchery provides stocking support for Georgia trout streams and public waters.

Buford Trout Hatchery

Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Buford Trout Hatchery in Forsyth County allows visitors to view up to one million trout, both brown and rainbow, being reared to stock Georgia waters. Visitors can take a tour of the hatchery on Saturdays at 1pm and can even feed the fish. Also on site is a family pond providing catch and release fishing of bluegill and catfish. Children (under age 16) may fish for free, but adults and teens (age 16 and older) must have a valid Georgia Fishing License.