Blue Dog State Fish Hatchery

Stocking is an important part of managing South Dakota fisheries and Blue Dog Hatchery has helped fill that role since 1982.  Up to fourteen species of fish have been raised, but most of the hatchery’s effort is focused on producing walleye, saugeye, yellow perch, muskellunge and largemouth bass.

Quick Facts

  • Located on the northwest shore of Blue Dog Lake and contains a boat ramp, hiking trail, and shore fishing locations.
  • 100 million walleye eggs are incubated and 60 million fish are produced each year for stocking across South Dakota.
  • 36 ponds, totaling 53 surface acres, are used for fish production.
  • A complex water supply system equipped with filtration allows lake and well water to be used for fish production.
  • A water heating system allows warm and cool water fish to be grown to advanced sizes during winter months.


  • The best time to view walleye eggs and newly hatched fry is the second week of May.
  • Open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Reservations are recommended.
  • If your organization or class is interested in learning more about the hatchery or in reserving a guided tour.
  • 44437 139A Street
    Waubay, SD 57273
Incubating walleye eggsNewly hatched walleye frynet filled with walleye small finagerlings
Left to right:  Incubating walleye eggs, newly hatched walleye fry, net filled with walleye small fingerlings

Educational displays inside the building. The exhibits illustrate the steps involved in the walleye egg collection process as well as describe other fish and ecological facts.