TWRA Fish Hatcheries

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Fish stocking is an important management tool in the Tennessee and helps us support the wide variety of fishing experiences available to anglers here.

TWRA owns and operates a total of ten hatcheries located throughout the state.   Five of these are warm/coolwater facilities and 5 are coldwater facilities dedicated to trout production. 

Trout are reared from the egg stage and grown out to catchable size (8-12") to be stocked into tailwaters, streams, reservoirs.   Warm/cool water facilities produce a variety of species including crappie, striped bass, walleye, sauger, sunfish, catfish, and bass.   Most fish produced are stocked into large reservoirs, but warmwater species are also produced for stocking of family fishing lakes, streams, and ponds.

Producing fish is costly and it is important to minimize the cost of production while maximizing survival the fish.   

Using limited hatchery production space wisely means that careful attention must be paid to what sizes fish are stocked and time of year that will ensure the best survival.   Different species are spawned and grown out over different periods of the year which means that the production season on many stations is extended throughout much of the year.

Hatchery managers must monitor factors affecting fish survival such as pond water quality, fertility, and food availability to ensure that their fingerlings or stock size fish survive.

Construction and maintenance on each facility's ponds, plumbing, electrical network, and tank systems are also ongoing projects to which hatchery personnel are dedicated.

TWRA Fish Hatchery Locations

The following map shows the locations of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Hatcheries. Blue fish symbols refer to coldwater (trout) hatcheries. Red fish symbols refer to warm/cool water hatcheries.

Buffalo Springs Fish Hatchery

Manager – Roger Bitz

Address – 275 Hatchery Lane, Rutledge, TN 37861 Directions

Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery

Manager – Chris Morton

Address – 1207 N Charles G Seivers Blvd., Clinton, TN 37716 Directions

Erwin State Fish Hatchery

Manager – Corey Jones

Address - 475 Banner Springs Road, Erwin, TN 37650 Directions

Flintville Fish Hatchery

Manager – Steven Day

Address – 49 Fish Hatchery Road, Flintville, TN 37335 Directions

Humboldt Fish Hatchery

Manager – Tom Pratt

Address – 221 State Road 152 West, Humboldt, TN 38343 Directions

Normandy Fish Hatchery

Manager – Nathan Singer

Address – 380 Huffman Road,  Normandy, TN 37360 Directions

Morristown Fish Hatchery

Manager – Jessica Roe

Address – 4994 Fish Hatchery Road, Russellville, TN 37860 Directions

Springfield Fish Hatchery

Manager – Joey Austin

Address - 4300 Draughon Road,  Springfield, TN 37172 Directions

Tellico Fish Hatchery

Manager – Jon Ellis

Address – 3193 River Road,  Tellico Plains, TN 37385 Directions