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Fishing WisconsinWild Rose State Fish Hatchery

Wild Rose Hatchery from the air

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Hatchery information

Wild Rose is a reliable workhorse that's been delivering fishing fun and enhancing and restoring fish populations in Wisconsin for more than a century. Wild Rose State Fish hatchery grows more trout and salmon than any other and produces musky, sturgeon and walleye to test anglers statewide.

Wild Rose brochure [PDF]

Hatchery visitor hours (Note: hours are subject to change without notice)

Spring and Fall Visitor Hours:
April, September & October Visitor Hours: Friday & Saturday 8am - 3pm (Thursday by Appointment)
May Visitor Hours: Thursday-Saturday 8am - 3pm
Please call ahead as schedule is subject to change due to budget.

Summer Visitor Hours: 8am to 3pm Wednesday through Sunday
June, July and August through Labor Day Weekend
Open Summer holidays including Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day  

Guided Tours at 10am and 1pm (meet in Visitor Center)

To schedule Group Tours of 10 or more, email or call 2 weeks in advance: or (920) 622-3527, Ext. 209

CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC: November through March

SPECIAL EVENTS:  Free family activities including fish printing on t-shirts, learn to cast, fly rod casting, learn to identify your catch, and fish games for all ages.

  • SPRING STURGEON CELEBRATION held the first Saturday in May
  • FALL FISH MIGRATION held the last Saturday in October. Details for October 26, 2019 event [PDF]
  • WILD ROSE DAYS held the last Saturday in July. Learn to cast at Roberts Park on Wild Rose Millpond from 1 pm - 4 pm

Visitor Center open from 8 am to 3 pm to view exhibits and feed brown trout in old hatchery.

Carry-In, carry-out

We invite you to enjoy a picnic on hatchery grounds, but please plan to take out what you bring in.

Hatchery location

N5871 State Rd 22
Wild Rose WI 54984


What can I do at the hatchery?

There's a lot to do at Wild Rose! Come and see the new Wild Rose Hatchery Education Center, where you'll find two large aquariums, interpretive displays, activities, and games that help tell the story of the fish hatchery then and now.

You can also take a peek at hatchery production from the coldwater (trout and salmon) observation room, then stroll down to the historic village where Wild Rose first began and fish still swim in the raceways.

Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenery in the historic village, a tradition since the early 1900s.


Fish production

With the completion of the new coldwater facilities, Wild Rose is currently producing brown trout, Chinook and coho salmon. The coolwater facilities produce northern pike, walleye, lake sturgeon and great lakes spotted musky.

Wild Rose Fish
With both cool and coldwater capabilities, Wild Rose is able to raise a variety of fish.


spotted musky

John Aschenbrenner hauled in this 50-inch spotted musky on the Fox River near downtown Green Bay.

Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery is critical to Wisconsin's $2.75 billion sport fishery. The hatchery is particularly important to great Lake Michigan fishing; 100 percent of the coldwater fish (trout and salmon) raised at Wild Rose are stocked into the big pond. Lake Michigan has been considered a "world-class" fishery and thanks to the renovations of Wild Rose, we can be confident that it will live up to its reputation.

Cool facts

  • Year in, year out, Wild Rose produces more than 2 million trout and salmon for stocking; and
  • It's one of only 3 hatcheries to raise both cold and coolwater fish.
Last revised: Saturday September 28 2019