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Nebraska Fish Hatcheries

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission operates four fish hatcheries and one coldwater rearing station. The facilities produce warm, cool and coldwater fish species to be stocked in Nebraska's waters.

The goals of the Nebraska Fish Hatchery programs are to provide quality fish for Nebraska anglers in waters where natural reproduction is insufficient or where angler use is too high to rely on natural reproduction and to waters where initial or experimental stockings are required.

Hatchery objectives are to produce the numbers and size of fish species requested by the district fish management biologists, the urban fisheries specialist and fishery research biologists. Some of the warm and coolwater species commonly requested are northern pike, muskellunge, walleye, largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, white bass, crappie and yellow perch, all of which are stocked as fingerlings, advanced fingerlings or sub-adults.

Rainbow trout, a coldwater species, are popular in Nebraska. Most are stocked as catchables (9 to 11 inches) and are placed in rivers, streams and lakes to provide angling for both rural and urban fishing programs. Hybrid species such as wiper (striped bass x white bass) are also popular with anglers who enjoy the aggressiveness and sport the hybrids provide. Nebraska's hatchery system has the potential and expertise to implement the latest technology available to provide hybrid species for stocking in Nebraska waters.

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