Manchester Fish Hatchery Loses Some Trout in Flooding

The Manchester Fish Hatchery lost some trout in the flooding this week.

The Iowa DNR says water was about three feet above the tops of the lower raceways and half an inch from entering the office building.

Fisheries staff from Manchester and Decorah, as well as several Iowa DNR conservation officers, worked together to clean up the hatchery and sort trout that mixed and moved raceways in the floodwaters. Although some trout were lost, most of the fish stayed on site. Inventories over the next two weeks will show how many fish left the facility in the floodwaters.

Trout stream stocking will be minimal for the rest of this week, with high water in most streams and staff busy with clean-up.

The DNR says fishing remains good in most trout streams throughout the fall and winter, with hold-over stocked trout and year-round wild trout populations.