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Bald Hill Fish Culture Stations


History

Bald hill is located in the Northeast Kingdom; it opened in 1952 as trout and salmon hatchery. Today it is still used for Salmon, but it also is the states only producers of Walleye. The water source for the hatchery is Bald hill pond located on the mountain above the facility.

Walleye

Today Bald hill is involved in the intensive culture of walleye. Walleye is the only cool-water species currently cultured in Vermont. The program has provided a high of 8 million fry in 2000 and in 2002 provided 6.5 million. The program has been successful so far, with increased populations on the Missisquoi River and the Winooski River.

Land Locked Atlantic salmon

Bald hill also raises Salmon, they have brood stock that they use to supply eggs to other state and federal hatcheries. Last year the facility raised some 33,000 salmon for state waters.

Programs

Bald hill works closely with the Rod and Gun clubs of the northeast kingdom, supplying them with brook trout from Roxbury. These trout are taking and stocked out into beaver ponds and other waters that normally wouldn't get stocked. They also provide technical assistance to the Morgan hatchery, which also privately raises brook trout for they state.

Directions and Information

Bald hill is located in the scenic northeast kingdom 8 miles north of West Burke in Newark.
Visiting hours: 8:00-3:30 daily
From St. Johnsbury: take 91 north, to Lydonville (exit 23), follow Rt. 5 to Rt. 5A and follow the signs.
For further info call: (802) 467-3660
Station Supervisor: Chris Thompson
Fish Culture Tech: John Talbot
Bald Hill Hatchery



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