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Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery

  • Fish Hatcery Built

    Fish Hatcery Built
    Built in 1880, the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery is a warm water hatchery located in Dickinson County
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    Fish Hatcery

    Fish Hatchery
  • No Producion!

    There were no fish hatched at the Spirit Lake hatching house from 1893 to 1911.
  • Removal of Rough Fish

    Removal of Rough Fish
    In 1909, the state contracted with commercial fisherman to remove rough fish from Iowa waters.
  • The Grade was built!

    1910, a dam (now known as the Grade) was built at the north end of Spirit Lake to prevent fish from escaping to Minnesota.
  • Renovated Building!

    In 1911, the hatchery building was renovated toallow for production if needed.New cement breeding ponds were also built.Even with these improvements, no fish would be raised until 1917.Still, no prodcution!
  • New building!

    New building!
    A new fish hatchery was built to meet the demands of higher fishing pressure.
  • No more comercail anglers!!!

    In 1934, to prevent abuse of the system by commercial anglers, the state formed its own rough fish crew based out of the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery.
  • Stocking walleye fry into lakes and ponds!

    Starting in 1936, Iowa was the first state to stock walleye fry into nursery lakes/ponds for fingerling grow-out.
  • New production of fish!

    Bullheads, walleye, largemouth bass, catfish, minnows, bluegill, yellow perch, shiners, northern pike, black crappie, white crappie
  • New record of Rough Fish removal!

    New record of Rough Fish removal!
    In 1960, over 3,400,000 lbs. of rough fish were removed making it a record year to date.
  • Selling fish!

    Selling fish!
    1965 prices of fish were; buffalo 10 cents/lb., carp 5 cents/lb.
  • New addition !!!!

    New addition !!!!
    an addition was added to the hatchery to provide more tanks for intensive culture.
  • Gillneting only done by employees now!

    the gillnetting has been done solely by fisheries employees. This allows for the use of better equipment and requires less crews to run the same number of nets.