Utah Fishing Guide
Fountain Green Fish Hatchery
Located in central Utah is a pleasant little community called Fountain Green. Fountain Green is found along SR-132, southeast of Nephi through Salt Creek Canyon.
One of the things Fountain Green is well known for is its clean, pure water. The water comes from an artesian spring that flows from the base of the San Pitch Mountain range known as "The Big Springs." This spring is the source of life for the community and the surrounding area. It's used to produce power at a hydro-electrical plant owned and operated by Pacific Corporation and to irrigate lawns and farmland in the area.
It's also the source of water for the Division of Wildlife Resources' Fountain Green State Fish Hatchery.
The first Fountain Green fish hatchery was constructed in the early 1940s. It operated for nearly 60 years, supplying fish for anglers at several lakes and streams.
Deteriorating raceways, insufficient facilities, out-of-date technology and its location led the DWR to construct a new facility at Fountain Green. Construction began in 2001 on a new, state-of-the-art installation about one mile west of the old hatchery building.
The new facility
The new facility was completed in June 2002. Nestled against the San Pitch Mountain, it overlooks the surrounding valley, with the majestic Mount Nebo in its forefront.
Four full-time employees — Brandon Ivory, Chad Hill, Eddie Hanson and Terry Howick — work at the facility, which is the newest of 10 state-owned hatcheries. The facility includes a feed/storage building, a production building, 16 raceways, a wastewater filtration building and a water-degassing structure that water goes through to eliminate any unwanted, dissolved gasses, before it's used to raise fish. The production building houses an office, laboratory, shop and a production area that allows more than 500,000 fish to be hatched and started into production at any given time.
From the production area, the fish are transferred to the outside raceways, where they continue to grow until they've reached the desired size. These raceways are equipped with the newest fish-raising technology. Each raceway has a low-head oxygenator that introduces oxygen into the water, supplying the fish with the optimum amount of oxygen they need. The raceways are also furnished with a baffle system that assists in cleaning.
Where do the fish go?
Fish raised at the Fountain Green Hatchery are stocked throughout Utah. In 2003, 108,000 Bear Lake cutthroat trout were stocked into Bear Lake; 427,000 Bear Lake cutthroat trout were stocked into Strawberry Reservoir (with an additional 653,000 sterile rainbow trout also going into Strawberry Reservoir); 68,000 tiger trout were stocked statewide; 69,000 splake were stocked into Fish Lake and Joes Valley Reservoir; 140,000 rainbow trout were stocked into Scofield Reservoir; and another 240,000 rainbow trout were stocked in the surrounding area.
The hatchery is located at 1600 W. Fish Hatchery Road. It's open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For larger groups, please schedule a tour by contacting the hatchery staff at (435) 445-3472. They'll be glad to show you around and answer any questions you have.
Article provided by the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources