Enhanced fish production


Dutton hatchery releasing fish into Ben Chifley Dam

Produce native and salmonid fish for stocking in freshwater and impoundments throughout the State, for the benefit of anglers.


The fish are produced at the DPI Hatcheries at the Narrandera  Fisheries Centre (Narrandera), the Dutton Trout Hatchery (Ebor), the Gaden Trout Hatchery (Jindabyne) and the Port Stephens Fisheries Centre (Taylors Beach). The Narrandera Fisheries Centre produces Golden Perch, Murray Cod, Silver Perch and Trout Cod, the Port Stephens Fisheries Centre produces Australian Bass and the Dutton and the Gaden Trout Hatcheries produce salmonids to boost recreational fish stocks in popular impoundment fisheries across the state.

Sites are stocked in consultation with acclimatisation societies, fishing clubs and community groups. The condition of the impoundments as well as genetic factors and the presence of threatened species are taken into account prior to any stocking activities. An environmental impact statement (EIS) for freshwater fish stocking has been prepared and a management strategy developed to ensure that stocking in NSW is carried out under world’s best practice.

The Recreational Fishing Trust supports the stocking of native sportfish and salmonids in NSW. For example, trust funding is provided for operating costs as well as equipment, fish feed and hatchery infrastructure. The trust fund contribution has enabled DPI hatcheries to increase production rates, leading to record numbers of fish stocked.

2023-2024 freshwater fish stocking plan

Fish being released by bucket