Fish Hatcheries in Arkansas
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and state game and fish commission work together to stock fish in Arkansas waters via hatcheries throughout the state. Fish hatchery tours are fun and educational for adults and children.
Established in 1965, the Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery produces rainbow trout for stocking in the cold tailwaters of Greers Ferry Dam, as well as below other dams and in suitable reservoirs. This hatchery is located at 349 Hatchery Road in Heber Springs. (501) 362-3615
Opening in 1957, the Norfork National Fish Hatchery is a cold water hatchery that primarily produces trout for the tailwaters below Norfork and Bull Shoals dams. More than 2 million rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout for stocking are raised throughout Arkansas and surrounding states annually from this hatchery. The Norfork hatchery is located at 1414 Hwy. 177 S. in Mountain Home. (870) 499-5255
State owned and operated hatcheries include:
Andrew H. Hulsey State Hatchery (Warm water) Hot Springs
C. B. "Charlie" Craig State Hatchery (Warm water) Centerton
Jim Collins Net Pen (Warm water) Mount Ida
Jim Hinkle Spring River State Hatchery (Cold water) Mammoth Spring
Joe Hogan State Hatchery (Warm water) Lonoke
Lake Wilhelmina Caged Fish Facility (Warm water) Mena
Pot Shoals Caged Fish Facility (Cold water) Yellville
Wm. H. Donham State Hatchery (Warm water) Corning
Including trout, the fisheries stock more than 20 million fish in Arkansas every year.