State Fish Hatcheries

The Black Hills of South Dakota has some of the premier fly fishing streams in the country. Did you know the trout you catch there are not native to the Black Hills.

We have great fishing in many of our lakes, some of which could not sustain a game fish population without help.

GFP's system of fish hatcheries steps in to give angler's a boost. We invite you to visit our hatcheries, online or in person, to see how we partner with nature and compliment natural fish production.

Blue Dog State Fish Hatchery is located near the town of Waubay in Day County. It is the state's only warm-water fish hatchery and produces walleye and other popular sport fish.

Cleghorn Springs State Fish Hatchery stands near the site where trout were first introduced into the Black Hills in 1886. The decades old hatchery was wiped out by the great Rapid Creek flood of 1972, rebuilt, and since remodeled in 2007.

McNenny State Fish Hatchery was transferred from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to GFP in 1983. It is an important part of fish management in the Black Hills, and also supports the salmon stocking program for Lake Oahe.

Whitlock Bay Salmon Spawning Station welcomes salmon back each fall on Lake Oahe. Salmon do not naturally reproduce in the lake and the population depends entirely on the work of our biologists. If you get the chance, consider visiting the station, located near Gettysburg, during the salmon run.

Fish Spawning

Fish spawning and production takes place each spring on selected South Dakota waters. These video highlights the work our biologists do to supplement natural reproduction of walleye and salmon.