Hatcheries in Georgia
Located in Walton County, this hatchery provides stock for waters all across Georgia.
From I-20: Take exit number 101. Turn east on U.S. Highway 278/GA 12. Travel approximately 2 miles, hatchery is on the left.
Located on 87 acres in Bryan County, the Richmond Hill Fish Hatchery includes 31 fish rearing ponds, as well as 3 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 800 million striped and hybrid bass fry since the statewide propagation program started in 1968.
McDuffie Hatchery is located in McDuffie County. Visitors may fish for Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, and Redear Sunfish.
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.
One of the seven warm-water fish hatcheries the DNR manages, the Dawson (Steve Cocke) Fish Hatchery raises fish to be used as stock for bodies of water all across Georgia. This hatchery raises channel catfish, shoal bass, largemouth bass, white bass, striped bass, and hybrid striped bass.
Cordele is a 160-acre hatchery located in Crisp County. There are 22 ponds that raise channel catfish, shoal bass, largemouth bass, white bass, striped bass, and hybrid striped bass. Visitors can view this process with the best times being during the spring spawning and fall harvest activities.
From Cordele: Travel approximately 1 mile West on Highway 280. Turn right on Fish Hatchery Road and go 1.5 miles to reach the hatchery.
Bowens Mill Hatchery is located just south of the Wilcox/Ben Hill line in Ben Hill County. It is located 10 miles north of Fitzgerald on U.S. Highway 129.
The hatchery raises hybrid bass, striped bass, largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish (shellcracker), and channel catfish for stocking into public reservoirs. Some channel catfish are grown to catchable size for stocking into PFAs and for kids fishing events. Some largemouth bass are raised to a larger size for stocking into north Georgia reservoirs where survival of larval bass has been unsuccessful.
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.
Burton Trout Hatchery is located in Rabun County on Moccasin Creek next to Lake Burton and Moccasin Creek State Park. The hatchery is located approximately 20 miles north of Clarkesville on Georgia Highway 197 and is one of four trout hatcheries in the state. Burton Hatchery provides stocking support for Georgia trout streams and public waters.
Open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and Weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Buford Hatchery allows visitors for self-guided tours to view five hundred thousand trout, both brown and rainbow, being reared to stock into Georgia’s designated trout waters. Located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Forsyth County just north of Atlanta.