Hundreds of people came out to the second annual open house at the Flintville Hatchery in Lincoln County, Saturday Oct. 19.
Those who attended were able to see the inner workings of a cold water fish hatchery and witness several stages of the process. The hatchery produces rainbow trout for put-and-take fisheries in more than 30 counties in Tennessee.
Flintville Hatchery is one of four cold water hatcheries operated by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to produce trout. It was established in 1933 and since that time has produced millions of rainbow trout for Tennessee anglers. This hatchery grows rainbow trout from eggs, to a variety of sizes for waters in Middle and West Tennessee. Flintville’s trout are primarily stocked in hatchery-supported streams, winter trout areas and a few tail-waters.
Located within the 750-acre Flintville Wildlife Management Area, the hatchery utilizes the cold spring water flowing from Warren Hollow to supply water to the hatchery building and the concrete outdoor raceways.
Hatchery personnel were onsite to answer questions about the operation and trout in general. There were games for kids, fish food for folks to feed the hungry trout in the raceways and the hatchery crew prepared a hotdog lunch for everyone.
This annual event is scheduled each year for the third Saturday in October.