Grace Fish Hatchery
Saturday, May 25, 2013
The Grace Fish Hatchery is located in southeast Idaho about eight miles south of the town of Grace. To find us, follow Highway 34 seven miles south from Grace, through Niter and turn left onto Fish Hatchery Road. Travel about two miles on Fish Hatchery Road and turn right on Fish Hatchery Lane to head down to the hatchery.
The Grace Fish Hatchery was built in 1946. The hatchery's water supply comes from two freshwater springs. There are 16 vats inside the hatchery building for incubating eggs and rearing fry. Outside we have 16 small raceways and four medium raceways for rearing fingerlings. At the south end of the hatchery, we have six large raceways for rearing catchable size fish. About 75,000 pounds of fish per year are raised at the hatchery.
Visitors are welcome from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. We give scheduled tours on request (call for appointment), and there is almost always someone at the hatchery who can answer questions. We have public restrooms and a shaded picnic area. A fishing event is held each year on Free Fishing Day at the hatchery to give anglers age 14 and under fishing opportunities.
The Grace Fish Hatchery program is funded through fishing and hunting license sales. Our primary mission is to stock southeast Idaho lakes, reservoirs, rivers and streams with fish for public use. We also raise fish for other areas of the state as needed.
Most of our fish production is sterile rainbow trout catchables and fingerlings. We also rear Bear Lake cutthroat trout and sterile lake trout for Bear Lake. Through cooperation with PacifiCorp, Bear River Bonneville cutthroat trout are also being raised.