FRC Wild Trout Fish Hatchery

The hatchery was conceived in 1982 by Jay Wright, to provide practical hands-on experience in fisheries for the students of Feather River College.  Student learn fishery and hatchery techniques by gaining experience in tasks necessary to run an aquaculture facility.

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The hatchery building is where it all begins.  When eggs arrive here they are placed in incubators called heath trays.  They hatch anywhere from 21 to 59 days later depending on water temperature.

The newly hatched fish are called alevins (or fry).  The maximum capacity for the hatchery is approximately 30,000 pounds of mature fish each year. At three inches long the fish are called fingerlings.  They will be placed in either grow-out ponds or the circular tanks and reared until they reach stocking size. 


From here the fish will either be stocked in local ponds and lakes or kept as brood stock for breeding.  These fish are placed in the brood stock pond and are used to produce future generations.

The hatchery is nearly self-sustaining through the sale of the fish we produce.  However, we are always improving the facility and upgrading outdated equipment.  That is where grants from organizations like Kokanee Power, Project Kokanee, the Dean Witter Foundation, Plumas County Fish & Game Commission, the Feather River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, The Arp Family Foundation, and others come into play.  These organizations provide us with the necessary funding to make needed improvements.

We would like to extend our gratitude to these groups and encourage you to visit their websites.  If you wish to purchase fish you can contact the hatchery director Zach Parks at or by phone at (530)283-0202 x224.  The hatchery is also open to tours.  Make an appointment by contacting Zach.


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