RICHMOND HILL, GA (WTOC) - For the last three years, the Richmond Hill Fish Hatchery has been involved in a major renovation process. And now, it’s finally back open to the public.
The hatchery plays an important role in stocking our lakes and rivers with striped bass.
According to Georgia Wildlife, the Richmond Hill Fish Hatchery is located on 87 acres in Bryan County. The hatchery includes 31 fish rearing ponds, as well as 3 Kid’s Fishing Event 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.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says it wanted to build a new hatchery that would match the style of Richmond Hill.
The Richmond Hill Hatchery is responsible for sending out lots of baby striped bass and hybrid bass to various parts of the state. Once these babies are old enough, they're put into many of our lakes and rivers in Georgia.
Georgia DNR says the new and improved hatchery building will allow increased egg incubation, which means more fish.
The new facility also has a space where large trucks can pull inside to collect the fish. One DNR supervisor says this feature is important.
“They are a great sport fish. It seems that when you get closer to Lake Lanier, there is a huge bass fishery. People love to catch them,” says Tim Barrett, Regional Supervisor, GA DNR.
There's also a new water system that will allow the hatchery to use less water.
The public is invited to take a look at the new hatchery. DNR says to call the hatchery first at 912-756-3691 to ask about a tour.
For more information about the Richmond Hill Fish Hatchery, click here.