Utah Fishing Guide
Quality water equals quality fish at the Glenwood Hatchery
The Glenwood State Fish Hatchery is near Richfield, but anglers across Utah benefit from the fish raised there.
Built in 1921 and operated by the Division of Wildlife Resources, the Glenwood Fish Hatchery was chosen for its excellent water supply, which comes from two springs. The hatchery is seven miles east of Richfield and one mile east of Glenwood.
Where the fish go
During 2003, personnel from the Glenwood hatchery stocked more than 1.2 million fish. In 2004, the number of fish stocked should exceed that of last year.
Fish from Glenwood are distributed statewide. Several strains of fish are raised at the hatchery, including rainbow trout, triploid rainbow trout, brown trout, Bear Lake cutthroat trout and southern Bonneville cutthroat trout.
During March of each year, hatchery staff fin-clip 90,000 to 100,000 fish that are later placed in Bear Lake. Members of the DWR's Dedicated Hunter program assist in this fin-clipping effort.
This year, a total of 250,000 cutthroats from the hatchery will also be stocked in Strawberry Reservoir. Panguitch Lake will receive 156,000 fish.
Eggs that are hatched at Glenwood are taken from brood stock at the Egan State Fish Hatchery in Bicknell and from a fish trap at Manning Meadow Reservoir. The crew from Glenwood is responsible for maintaining the trap, assisting DWR Southern Region fisheries biologists and a crew from the Egan hatchery in this effort. In 2003, a record number of fish were trapped and eggs taken.
Glenwood also receives eggs from the Mantua State Fish Hatchery and from traps at Bear Lake and Strawberry Reservoir.
The Glenwood hatchery has been renovated, updated and rebuilt several times since 1921. The most recent renovation happened in 1991, when new cement ponds consisting of three sets of six 90-feet by eight-feet by three-feet raceways were installed. Oxygen injection was also installed to increase production. There are also 40 round tanks in the hatchery building. Each tank contains 83 cubic feet of rearing space for small fish.
At this time the hatchery employs four full-time people: Darin Sampson, Mike Jensen, Dean Meacham and Curtis Winn, who is a third-generation DWR employee. In addition to raising fish, hatchery employees assist with other DWR projects, including depredation programs, antelope trapping, fish eradication projects and hunter education classes.
Although visitors are welcome for self-guided tours of the hatchery throughout the year, they're reminded to obey the rules and to avoid bringing or spreading disease in the hatchery.
For more information, call the Glenwood State Fish Hatchery at (435) 896-5218.
Article provided by the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources