Texas State Fish Hatcheries

indoor fish hatchery Hatcheries comprise an important component of freshwater fisheries management at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Hatchery-reared fish are used to establish new populations, enhance existing populations, support research efforts, and maintain fisheries in small urban reservoirs where natural production will not meet anglers' needs.


Marine Enhancement Director

Chris Mace, Ph.D - red drum, spotted seatrout, other marine species

Locations - Coastal

Statewide Research


Chief, Inland Hatcheries

Todd Engeling

Hatchery Program Directors

Carl Kittel - hatchery operations

Neil Pugliese - temperate bass, catfish and walleye production

Locations - Inland

Statewide Support