The Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery (NFH) is operated by the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, and is one of many
serving a vital role in the management of our country’s fishery resources.
Dale Hollow NFH was established to mitigate for fishery
resources which were lost due to the construction of federal
water development projects in the Southeast. This is
accomplished by stocking rainbow, brown,
lake, and brook trout in waters impacted by federal
dams. Stocking trout in public waters supports a significant
recreational fishery which generates a substantial amount of
economic activity for local and regional economies. This
facility is also involved in the conservation of imperiled,
freshwater, non-game fishes.
Number of staff: eight.
Annual budget (FY 08) $788,884.
Public Use Opportunities
Hours are 7:30A to 3:30P (CST) daily.
More than 50,000 visitors yearly.
Paved walking and exercise road.
Public fishing area.
- Provide rainbow, brown, lake, and brook trout for
mitigation stocking in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.
- Provide rainbow trout to Alabama in return for Gulf
Coast striped bass eggs and fry.
- Provide a limited number of rainbow trout for
non-mitigation stocking in Tennessee under a cooperative
agreement with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
- Assist in the recovery and restoration of imperiled
aquatic species by developing propagation/culture
techniques and rearing animals for reintroduction into the
- Assist Tribal governments in managing fisheries
resources on Tribal lands.
- Work with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency to
ensure a thorough, perennial hatchery product evaluation
- Provide quality environmental education opportunities.
- Develop and maintain partnerships with chambers of
commerce, state tourism departments, and other agencies to
promote regional support for recreational fishing and the
- Establish and maintain a "Friends Group" to
gain community and regional support for the fish hatchery.
- Establish and maintain a native warm season grass
(prairie grass) demonstration plot.
Calendar of Events
- May - International Migratory Bird Events
- June 6, 2009 - Kids' Fishing Rodeo
- December - Christmas Bird Count
- May through October - camping in adjacent Corps of
Engineers Campground (reservations recommended)
- Year-round fishing in local waters
A new 'Biologist
in Training' (BiT) outreach effort is now underway. This
effort is aimed at young students who are interested in a
future in fishery biology. For more information please visit www.fws.gov/southeast/fisheries/BiT,
or contact the hatchery at the number below.