TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY
Turkey season opens up this weekend, but if your interest is more in fishing, you are invited to check out the Normandy Fish Hatchery, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30.
The Hatchery will hold an open house for the public to come out and the inner workings of a fish hatchery. Hatcheries are essential, for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, to insure healthy populations of fish are found in lakes, rivers and streams in Tennessee.
Normandy Fish Hatchery is located just below Normandy Reservoir in Normandy, Tennessee, about 50 miles southeast from Spring Hill. Visitors will be able to view the facility which consists of 19 production ponds, 3 brood stock ponds, several raceways and an indoor area where eggs are harvested from brood stock and hatched before moving to the production ponds. This year’s walleye should be hatching and be on display during the open house.
Normandy is one of six TWRA warm water hatcheries in the state. Each year Normandy produces anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 million fingerlings that are eventually stocked into Tennessee waters. A variety of species including walleye, striped bass, hybrid striped bass, crappie and redear sunfish are reared each year based on need according to survey results on area waters.
Region II Fisheries Manager, Todd St John says, “Our hatcheries are very important to sustaining good fishable lakes and streams. Without the supplemental stocking from these hatcheries many of our fisheries would not be productive because they would not be able to keep pace with the fishing pressure.”
A complimentary lunch of hot dogs and chips will be served with drinks. Everyone is encouraged to come out and enjoy the day.