Muskies and More
Since 1914, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has been raising fish at Spooner. At first only walleye were raised, but today northern pike, muskellunge and walleye are reared between April and October each year. During the summer, these cool water fish require water temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. White suckers are also incubated, hatched and reared as forage to feed to the always-hungry production fish — the fish raised for stocking.
Can I see the fish?
No, probably not. It is very difficult to see fish in the rearing ponds and access is restricted indoors to prevent disease. However, you can see incubation batteries (jars) and fry tanks from the glassed overlook inside. The Hatchery Visitor Center features a mural illustrating hatchery operations and aquatic life throughout the seasons and exhibits on water quality protection, hatchery wastewater treatment, watersheds and land use, historical photos, an aerial history of hatchery construction and hands-on exhibits for all ages. You can also view a few fish in the lobby aquarium.
In addition, the Department has developed a shoreline restoration demonstration area along the banks of the Yellow River Flowage just east of the main hatchery entrance. Take a walk along the path to view the restoration plants. You’ll end up at Spooner Memorial Park where you can picnic, view the memorials and step onto the floating dock to enjoy the water.