Hatcheries in Georgia

Richmond Hill Fish Hatchery

Located on 87 acres in Bryan County, the Richmond Hill Fish Hatchery includes 31 fish rearing ponds, as well as 3 Kid's Fishing Event (KFE) ponds. Donated by Henry Ford in 1936, the hatchery produces bluegill, redear sunfish, largemouth bass, striped bass, and hybrid bass. It has produced over 800 million striped and hybrid bass fry since the statewide propagation program started in 1968.

McDuffie Fish Hatchery

McDuffie Hatchery is located in McDuffie County. Visitors may fish for Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, and Redear Sunfish.


From Thomson: South on Highway 17 to US Highway 278; left (east) for 5.6 miles; right on Ellington Airline Road for 2.8 miles; right on Fish Hatchery Road for 0.8 miles.

Cordele Fish Hatchery

Cordele is a 160-acre hatchery located in Crisp County. There are 22 ponds that raise channel catfish, shoal bass, largemouth bass, white bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass and goldfish. Visitors can view this process with the best times being during the spring spawning and fall harvest activities.


From Cordele: Travel approximately 1 mile West on Highway 280. Turn right on Fish Hatchery Road and go 1.5 miles to reach the hatchery.

Burton Trout Hatchery

Burton Trout Hatchery is located in Rabun County on Moccasin Creek next to Lake Burton. The hatchery is approximately 20 miles north of Clarkesville on Georgia Highway 197. Burton Hatchery provides stocking support for Georgia trout streams and public waters.

Buford Trout Hatchery

Open daily from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Buford Hatchery allows visitors to view one-half million trout, both brown and rainbow, being reared to stock into Georgia’s designated trout waters. Located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Forsyth County, this hatchery is a fun and informative environment for the whole family. The state property also features the Lincoln Sparrow Nature Trail (open 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.). This birdwatcher-friendly trail is a quarter-mile loop that includes a spur trail to a boardwalk, which leads to a wetland observation deck.