Ashton Fish Hatchery
Saturday, December 7, 2013
The Ashton Fish Hatchery was originally constructed in 1920. It is funded by IDFG fishing and hunting license dollars and PacifiCorp mitigation money. It is located 1 mile south and 1 mile west of Ashton, Idaho. There are signs on US Highway 20 directing you to the hatchery. Turn west off Highway 20 onto 1200 N. and go 1 mile to the hatchery entrance.
Ashton Hatchery receives it's water from Black Springs with an average flow of 5.5 cubic feet per second and a temperature of 50 degrees F.
The hatchery has 8 outdoor raceways for trout production. Inside the hatchery building is an incubator room and 21 concrete vats for fry and fingerling production. The Ashton Fish Hatchery produces over 250,000 fish weighing a total of almost 47,000 pounds.
The hatchery is open to visitors 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Visitors can view fish in the outdoor raceways. The hatchery also has a viewing pond where visitors can see and feed fish weighing up to 10 pounds. Group tours are available by appointment. Call (208) 652-3579.
The primary mission of the hatchery is to produce rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and brook trout of various sizes for stocking in the Upper Snake Region. The hatchery also produces Arctic grayling for stocking into high mountain lakes statewide.