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DEC Fish Hatcheries

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DEC operates 12 fish hatcheries and one fish pathology laboratory. Numerous fish species are reared for stocking into more than 1,200 public waters across the state. Annual production averages 850,000 to 900,000 pounds of fish. All hatcheries are open to the public from spring through fall, and several are open year-round.

Adirondack Hatchery is located about 12 miles from the Village of Saranac Lake in Franklin County. This facility specializes in rearing landlocked Atlantic salmon for statewide distribution. Annual production averages 30,000 pounds of salmon, with most fish stocked as yearling smolts (six inches long) or as small fingerlings in the spring. Round whitefish are also reared at this hatchery.

Bath Hatchery is located one mile from the Village of Bath in Steuben County. The hatchery rears lake trout, brown trout and rainbow trout. All of the lake trout and many of the rainbow trout reared here are obtained from fish collected from Cayuga Lake. Annual production of all species is about 86,000 pounds.

Caledonia Hatchery, located in Livingston County in the Village of Caledonia, is the oldest hatchery in New York State and the Western Hemisphere. Caledonia Hatchery rears brown trout and rainbow trout. Virtually all of the two-year-old brown trout used in DEC’s stocking program for 13 to 15-inch trout are produced at Caledonia Hatchery. Annual production is approximately 170,000 pounds.

Catskill Hatchery is located in Sullivan County near the Village of Livingston Manor and near two of New York State’s fabled trout streams, the Beaver Kill and Willowemoc Creek. This facility specializes in rearing brown trout and it maintains a brood stock capable of producing two million eggs. About 115,000 pounds of brown trout are produced annually.

Chateaugay Hatchery is located near the Village of Chateaugay in northern Franklin County. This facility has a very diverse rearing program which includes Raquette Lake-strain lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout and brook trout, including the Temiscamie x domestic hybrid used extensively in Adirondack Mountain lakes and ponds. Annual production is approximately 90,000 pounds.

The installation of 13 outside raceways with associated plumbing was completed in the summer of 2016 at Chateaugay Hatchery.

Chautauqua Hatchery is located near the Village of Mayville in Chautauqua County. This is the only DEC hatchery currently raising pure-strain muskellunge, which are obtained from netting and egg collection on Chautauqua Lake, and in some years, other waters. Pond-reared walleye fingerlings and sauger are also grown at this hatchery. Total production is 3,300 pounds annually.

Oneida Hatchery is located in the Village of Constantia in Oswego County, on the north shore of Oneida Lake. The hatchery was reconstructed in 1992. The rearing program is focused on walleye, and includes egg collections from Oneida Lake (200–300 million eggs/year), and stocking of millions of walleye fry and up to 220,000 advanced walleye fingerlings (four to six inches). Experimental culture of rare or threatened fishes, such as round whitefish and lake sturgeon, also occurs here. Annual fish production is about 6,000 pounds.

Randolph Hatchery is located in the Village of Randolph in Cattaraugus County. This is a major brood stock facility which annually handles five to six million brook, brown and rainbow trout eggs. Annual production totals almost 100,000 pounds of fish.

Rome Hatchery is located in Oneida County about four miles north of the City of Rome. The hatchery is one of DEC’s largest, with annual production totaling nearly 160,000 pounds of brook, rainbow and brown trout. Hatchery staff play a major role in providing fish for airplane and helicopter stocking of remote waters.

Rome Fish Disease Control Center, also known as Rome Lab, is located on Rome Hatchery property. Staff maintain brood stock of disease-resistant strains of brook and brown trout, and maintain a laboratory where research activities and disease diagnosis can be conducted. Staff are heavily involved in testing numerous stocks of cultured and wild fish for the presence of parasites and pathogens.

Salmon River Hatchery, located in the Village of Altmar in Oswego County, is the mainstay of DEC’s stocking program for Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The hatchery attracts up to 500,000 visitors annually, many of whom come to watch egg collections from steelhead, coho salmon and chinook salmon returning to the hatchery. Annual fish production totals 120,000 pounds.

South Otselic Hatchery is located in Chenango County in the Village of South Otselic. The hatchery rears the entire statewide supply of tiger muskellunge, produces pond-reared walleye fingerlings, and rears small lots of wild, heritage-strain brook trout. Annual production is 15,000 pounds of fish.

VanHornesville Hatchery is located in southern Herkimer County in the Village of VanHornesville. The hatchery raises rainbow trout, with production totaling about 30,000 pounds.

DEC Fish Hatchery System Update

Annual Stocking Report By Species
(January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015)

Species

Less Than 1″

1″ – 4.24″

4.25″ – 5.74″

5.75″ – 6.74″

6.75″ – 7.74″

7.75″ Plus

Total

Number

Weight
(lbs.)

Number

Weight
(lbs.)

Number

Weight
(lbs.)

Number

Weight
(lbs.)

Number

Weight
(lbs.)

Number

Weight
(lbs.)

Number

Weight
(lbs.)

Coldwater

Brook Trout

3,050

50

315,042

5,890

223,698

7,826

9,276

785

7,600

179,497

41,284

697,459

60,105

Brown Trout

53,600

3,351

8,000

640

176,120

28,177

1,678,218

450,440

2,017,997

511,253

Rainbow Trout

73,958

746

50,800

2,772

76,260

7,252

3,500

472

408,685

102,549

475,671

85,674

Steelhead

180,810

1,116

494,340

23,982

27,160

1,994

8,900

1,213

776,350

33,095

Lake Trout

122,942

2,150

331,723

7,632

594,450

38,079

82,350

9,265

110,940

17,066

1,286,974

74,252

Splake

20,480

4,793

21,040

4,848

Landlocked Salmon

45,300

4,693

521,900

819

182,230

17,914

155,380

19,232

3,452

1,443

804,404

41,326

Coho

140,760

4,823

90,000

7,328

130,000

8,125

Chinook

1,769,600

19,230

1,969,790

22,607

Coldwater Total

48,350

4,743

2,984,252

29,951

1,294,921

50,386

987,376

73,992

433,850

58,359

2,401,272

617,575

8,179,685

841,285

Warmwater

Walleye

205,335,264

2,754

900,600

922

212,254,052

4,381

Muskellunge

202,000

7

25,320

2,164

479,060

2,397

Tiger Muskellunge

25,000

1,311

83,700

10,268

135,460

9,076

Panfish

1,000

200

500

100

Sauger

5,810

7

Warmwater Total

205,537,264

2,761

906,410

929

25,000

1,311

110,020

12,632

212,869,072

15,954

Non-game

Lake Sturgeon

4,000

169

2,800

118

12,000

139

Paddlefish

330

55

685

114

Round Whitefish

625

10,500

4

Lake Herring

69,240

1,473

144,670

2,824

Non-game Total

4,955

224

69,240

1,473

2,800

118

685

114

167,170

2,967

Grand Total

205,590,569

7,728

3,890,662

30,880

1,364,161

51,859

987,376

73,992

461,650

59,788

2,511,977

630,321

221,215,927

860,206