Little Grassy Fish Hatchery

1258 Hatchery Ln Makanda

Southernmost Illinois
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Little Grassy produces about a million fish per year, on average, including channel catfish, blue catfish, largemouth bass, bluegills, and redear sunfish. Most of the channel catfish produced by the state come from Little Grassy.

"Our claim to fame is catfish production," Brenda Garver explains as she guides you on a tour.

It's a great place to take your children for a lesson on how our fisheries help stock our ponds and other needs of our ecosystem. The kids and adults alike can enjoy it.

The main event at Little Grassy is the catfish production. The production process of the channel catfish provides a great viewing experience for visitors. ‘Primetime” for viewing the production process runs from early to mid-June. Yearling catfish in outdoor raceways are available for feeding by visitors from Memorial Day through July.

While prime viewing is in the summer months, tours are available year round between 8:30 and 3:30. Be sure and ask about the record channel cat!

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