Fishing & Boating

Turcotte Hatchery

Turcotte Hatchery is located on the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area adjacent to the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Built in 1974, Turcotte has 16 production ponds totaling 13 acres and one 1/2-acre reservoir pond. Six of the production ponds were fitted with geotech fabric liners in 2009. Water supply is from a 400 gpm ground water well and a 400 gpm pump connected to the Pearl River. The facility includes a shop, walk-in cooler, and hatchery building equipped with an incubation system, fiberglass raceways, circular tanks, office, and bunk room.

Turcotte specializes in the production of Morone species, the Gulf strain striped bass and hybrid striped bass. Additional species produced at Turcotte include Florida largemouth bass, coppernose bluegill, redear sunfish, and triploid grass carp.

Planned renovations include liner installation in remaining production ponds, a new well, largemouth bass production ponds, and an additional hatchery building.

Curtis Summerlin
Fisheries Biologist


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