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 to locals and visitors 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
The hatchery is equipped to produce multiple 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,
grass carp, bluegill, and redear sunfish.
Spawning usually begins in March and runs through June.
Most of the brood fish are held in 1-acre ponds year-round, 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 building.
(Phone system currently down)
Hatchery Office: (662) 563-0542
Visitor Education Center: (662) 563-8068
Fax: (662) 563-5634
North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and Visitor Education
P.O. Box 100
457 CR 36
Enid, Mississippi 38927