Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

TWRA's Region 4 - East Tennessee

Reservoir Fisheries Management Program

TWRA's Region IV Warmwater Fish Hatcheries

Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery

 

Eagle Bend Hatchery Marilyn Davis

Manager - Mike Smith
Location - 1207 Seivers Blvd., Clinton TN, 37716
Year opened - 1976
Cost to build - $2.1 million
Pond Acreage - 39 acres, 36 ponds (1 located on Norris Reservoir - Doakes Pond)
Annual Budget - $254,346.00

Annual Production:
Fry - 10,000,000
Fingerlings - 1,000,000
Poundage - 4,000 lbs

Featured Species: walleye, sauger, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, blacknose black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, grass carp, striped bass, hybrid striped bass, redear sunfish, rainbow and brown trout, catfish, paddlefish, musky, and fathead minnows.

Mike Smith / Ernie Poor Egg Banks

Spawning Techniques Employed:

Pond Management: Ponds are filled with river water and fertilized with organic fertilizer for plankton production at a rate of 500 lbs per acre. The culture ponds are stocked with fry or brood fish and supplemental food is added when appropriate. Fish are held from 30 to 150 days until the desired size is reached.

Stocking: All fingerlings are hauled on tank trucks in a mild salt solution and oxygen is added to the tanks via micropore aeration stones. Fish are loaded in the tanks at a rate of 0.5 lb per gallon. Certain species are held in the tanks for six hours in a solution of oxytetracycline to provide a mark for future identification.

Brood Stock Collection: Brood fish are collected from area waters by electrofishing, gill netting, and trap netting.


Morristown Fish Hatchery

 

Morristown Fish Hatchery Fish Kettle

Manager - Bob Robertson
Location - 4994 Fish Hatchery Road, Russellville TN, 37860
Pond Acreage - 11.5 acres, 8 ponds
Annual Budget - $86,370.00

Annual Production:
Fry - 500,000 (fry not raised every year)
Fingerlings - 400,000 (most fingerlings are raised from fry produced elsewhere)
Poundage - 1,800 lbs

Featured Species: walleye, black crappie, blacknose black crappie, white crappie, striped bass, and hybrid striped bass

Spawning Techniques Employed:

Pond Management: Ponds are filled with spring and creek water through a gravity flow system and fertilized with organic (soybean meal) and inorganic (10-34-0 liquid) fertilizer for plankton production. The culture ponds are stocked with fry or brood fish and supplemental food is added when appropriate. Fish are held from 30 to 150 days until the desired size is reached.

Stocking: All fingerlings are hauled on tank trucks in a mild salt solution and oxygen is added to the tanks via micropore aeration stones. Fish are loaded in the tanks at a rate of 0.5 lb per gallon. Certain species are held in the tanks for six hours in a solution of oxytetracycline to provide a mark for future identification.

Brood Stock Collection: Brood fish are collected from area waters by electrofishing, gill netting, and trap netting.

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