The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery is located west of Enid Lake
on 58 acres of land leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
It is easily accessible from I-55.
Phase I construction was completed in 2006 and includes a
state-of-the-art hatchery building (tank room, wet lab, office and
staff rooms), a maintenance shop, 16 1-acre production ponds,
a settling pond and residence. Water is supplied by two ground
water wells and a pipeline from Enid Lake. High quality water at a
variety of temperatures for indoor and outdoor fish rearing is
produced through a system of filters, heaters, chillers and
degassing chambers. The hatchery building houses 40 incubation jars
and 36 holding/rearing tanks. In addition to the production ponds,
there are 2 80-ft outdoor raceways.
The hatchery produces cool and warm-water species
including: northern largemouth bass, southern walleye, (yes, we
have walleye in Mississippi), paddlefish, alligator gar, white
crappie, black crappie, Magnolia crappie, bluegill and redear
Spawning usually begins in March and runs through June. Most of
the brood fish are held in 1-acre ponds year-around though some,
like flathead catfish and walleye are collected from local
reservoirs. The incubation jars, raceways and rearing ponds hold
fry and fingerlings from March through November. Visitors may view
spawning activities from the observation area in the hatchery