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Whitlock Bay Salmon Spawning Station

The Whitlock Bay Salmon Station is located along the shoree of Lake Oahe at whitlock Bay, 18 miles west of Gettysburg. The salmon station is made up of a concrete fish ladder, concrete raceways and a building where artificial spawning takes place.


  • Open during the month of October.
  • Guided tours are available 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. most days during October. Please call ahead.
  • If your organization or class is interested in learning more about the hatchery or in reserving a guided tour, contact the hatchery at 605.765.9411 when the station is in operation and 605.223.7681 at other times.
  • Whitlock Bay Salmon spawning Station
    Gettysburg, SD 57442
    Phone: 605.223.7681




salmon spawning

Chinook salmon cannot reproduce naturally in Lake Oahe therefore, Game, Fish and Parks staff oeptate the salmon spawning station to allow for continues stocking of salmon in the Lake. Fish "climb" the ladder and are caught in the concrete runway. These fish are sorted into seperate holding raceways for male, un-ripe (green) females and ripe females that are ready to spawn.

250,000 - 1 million chinook salmon eggs can be collected in a season, resulting in approximately 250,000 young salmon stocking into Lake Oahe the following year. Once th salmon are spawned, they are placed in containers and sold to a fish processing company to be processed and sold for human consumption.

Check out this educational video on salmon spawning to learn more about the process.





Fish Spawning

Fish spawning and production takes place each spring on selected South Dakota waters. These video highlights the work our biologists do to supplement natural reproduction of walleye and salmon.