The Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery, the agency’s largest trout hatchery, was severely impacted by flooding on Aug. 17 by Tropical Depression Fred. Approximately 67% of all hatchery trout were lost, and many buildings and hatchery systems sustained some level of storm damage.
The agency is mitigating the trout losses by obtaining replacement trout from various sources and will continue to look for opportunities to obtain trout to fulfill stocking obligations and provide public recreational opportunities.
The Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery remains closed to the public.
As staff continue to evaluate the full extent of the fish losses and options to mitigate for those impacts, they have developed plans to address trout stockings for this fall and next year. Please note conditions at the hatchery are still being affected by post-storm issues, and it is possible that stocking numbers could be impacted at a future date.
The Wildlife Commission will provide real-time updates to keep anglers informed of any possible changes. Bookmark this page to see updates as they become available.
Major Flooding Impacts Hatchery and Education Center (Aug. 17, 2021 news release)
Additional Trout Fishing Information
Daily Trout Stocking Update