Blue Dog State Fish Hatchery
The mission of the Blue Dog State Fish Hatchery is to provide suitable quantities and qualities of fish for the management of South Dakota's fisheries resources. Because fish stocking is highly visible and the most commonly thought of aspect of fisheries management, it is often believed to be the most important. However, stocking is but one tool used by fisheries managers.
Protecting and enhancing the integrity of South Dakota's marsh, stream, and lake systems is the department's highest priority, for without quality habitats we cannot have quality fishing.
Surveying the fish communities and analyzing their capabilities and problems are the basis for creating the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks' fish management plan. Stocking is often prescribed to correct fish population problems caused by environmental defects or catastrophes and physical conditions that can't be immediately solved by habitat improvement.
Also, the hatchery is capable of raising new species, such as tiger muskies, saugeye and lake herring, for introduction into South Dakota waters.