Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery is located in south-central Oklahoma on the banks of Pennington Creek, which provides high quality water used for raising fish and turtles.

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      Since 1871 the National Fish Hatchery system has been at work improving recreational fishing and restoring aquatic species that are in decline, at risk, and are important to the health of our aquatic systems. Across the country the network of National Fish Hatcheries work with states and Tribes to conserve, restore and enhance the fish and aquatic resources of America for future generations. 

      What We Do

      The next time you go fishing, you might just catch a fish that was raised at Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery. Since 1871, National Fish Hatcheries have been responding to conservation challenges affecting America’s fish and other aquatic species. Producing fish continues to be an irreplaceable tool in managing or restoring fisheries along with habitat conservation. In doing so, we help provide recreation opportunities to America’s 34 million anglers who spend $36 billion annually in pursuit of their favored pastime.  

      Our Species

      • American Paddlefish 

      • Alligator Gar 

      • Alligator Snapping Turtle 

      • Arkansas River Shiner 

      • Channel Catfish 

      Projects and Research

      National Fish Hatcheries raise fish and other aquatic species – like crayfish and mussels - to help restore and sustain important fish and other aquatic species for the benefit of the American people. Freshwater mussels play very important roles in our rivers and lakes filtering the water and creating habitat for fish and aquatic insects fish like to eat. With declining fish populations and declining freshwater mussel populations becoming prevalent across the world, fish hatchery operations are important than ever.

      We are concentrating on propagating paddlefish (Polyodon spathula), alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula), channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus), and alligator snapping turtles (Macrochelys temminckii) at the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery.  We also work with several species of darters from the waters in the area.