Sterling Springs Hatchery

 

Rainbow trout eggs hatching

Rainbow Trout Eggs Hatching

Sterling Springs Hatchery is comprised of 2 acres at the headwaters of Oak Creek. The property is owned by U.S. Forest Service (Coconino Forest), and operated by the Department’s Hatchery Program since 1955. the hatchery was renovated in the 1970’s to provide a multi-use raceway system. The primary purpose of the hatchery is to supply Page Springs Hatchery with approximately 1.3 million fingerling trout for growth out and stocking. Some of the trout fingerlings reared by Sterling Springs Hatchery are stocked directly into select waters. Sterling Springs Hatchery has a single residence with separate garage and bunk house, a hatchery building, a storage shed, and several outdoor concrete raceways. The property is staffed by one full-time employee that reside on site, and one part-time employee, both are responsible for day-to-day operation and maintenance of the site.

Rainbow Trout Yolk Sac Fry

Rainbow Trout Yolk Sac Fry

On May 24th, 2014 Arizona Game and Fish, with the assistance of the Slide Fire incident command team, went behind fire lines to rescue 600,000 trout from the Sterling Springs Hatchery on Oak Creek. A year later the hatchery was up and running with no damage from the fire.

Location:
Sterling Springs Hatchery is located along Oak Creek between Sedona and Flagstaff on Highway 89A. From Flagstaff, drive south on I-17 to  exit 337 towards AZ-89A S approximately 11 miles to the hatchery. From Phoenix, drive north on I-17 to exit 337 toward AZ-89A S and follow the road approximately 11 miles to the hatchery.

Hours open to the public:
By Appointment Only Contact (928) 282-3643 or (928)301-0837
Closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas

Part 3 Life of a Rainbow Trout

In Part 1 and Part 2 of Life of a Rainbow Trout, you learned about the transition of Rainbow Trout eggs into fry. You will now learn about the next stages of development of Arizona’s stocked Rainbow Trout at Sterling Springs Hatchery. Following the swim-up of the fry, small pinches of a very small, but highly nutritious food are dropped  into the trough. We use a small sifter to tap the feed onto the surface of the water until all the fish are feeding at the surface. After a while small, single taps of the sifter turns into several taps...

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Part 2 Life of a Rainbow Trout

We are back with Part 2 in our series of the Life of a Rainbow Trout at Sterling Springs Hatchery. In Part 1 of the Life of a Rainbow Trout, we left off where the eggs had been rolling in the McDonald jars for approximately 11 days and the coloration of the jars has begun to change from ta light pink color to a darker red. The color change means the sac fry are emerging from the eggs. The newly emerged sac fry, also called Alevins (pronounced AL-uh-vin), hatch with their yolk sacs still attached. Unable to eat, they rely...

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Part 1 Life of a Rainbow Trout

Have you ever wondered where all of the Rainbow Trout in Arizona come from? Well you are in luck! This four part series will walk you through the life of a Rainbow Trout from the beginning to end. Delivery On December 6, 2016 Sterling Springs Hatchery received a second shipment of 218,000 Rainbow Trout eggs that are combined with 75,000 Rainbow Trout eggs. These eggs will soon become some of the state’s stockable trout for next season. The eggs arrive from Ennis National Fish Hatchery in Ennis, MT via Federal  Express. They ship the day before and arrive at the...

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Learn about the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Hatchery Program at Sterling Springs Hatchery. The primary purpose of the hatchery is to supply Page Springs Hatchery with approximately 1.3 million fingerling trout for grow out and stocking. Some of the trout fingerlings reared by Sterling Springs Hatchery are stocked directly into select waters.

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