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Hatcheries

Fish stocking

DNR hatcheries produce 16 different fish species for stocking throughout Indiana. District fisheries biologists evaluate fish populations to determine the best sites for stocking. Fish stockings are not done as a cure-all for poor fishing in a lake or stream.

The 2014 annual fish stocking database includes fish stocked from DNR hatcheries, commercially purchased fish and fish stocked by fishing clubs or groups with a DNR fish stocking permit.

It is illegal to stock fish into public water without a fish stocking permit that has been approved by a DNR fisheries management biologist. Rules and regulations apply to stocked fish and anglers should read the annual fishing regulation guide for information about proper fishing methods, seasons and catch limits. Questions about the DNR fish stocking program should be directed to the appropriate District Fisheries Management Biologist for the area or water involved.

Stocking locations

Search by water body, county or species. Trout stocking locations can be found here.