Gaden Trout Hatchery

The NSW Government Gaden Trout Hatchery on the Thredbo River 10 km northwest of Jindabyne, is one of Australia main centres for breeding and rearing cold water sport fish.

Four species, rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, and Atlantic salmon are produced by Department of Primary Industries at the hatchery for stocking into dams and rivers in the Snowy Mountains, Southern Highlands, Central Tablelands and New England areas to provide quality recreational fishing opportunities.

Over the years the Hatchery has contributed significantly to the recreational fishing and tourism industry of the Snowy Mountains region.

Gaden Trout Hatchery is over 50 years old and is set in beautiful parkland on the banks of the Thredbo River with picnic facilities and coin operated barbeques.

Gaden Trout Hatchery tours are tailored to the age group of the students ensuring it is both educational and fun for everyone!

View trout aquariums, visual displays and an informative DVD presentation in the theatrette outlining the hatchery‚ purpose and operations, then go for a walk around the grounds with one of the experienced hatchery staff. Discover some of the biggest trout and salmon in the country as they leap to the surface of ponds as they are fed.

At different times of year there are opportunities to visit the hatching room and see the fish being stripped of their eggs and milt as well as viewing the fish at different stages of development. This includes:

  • the first stage of fertilisation where the eggs and milt are laid down in buckets
  • eyed-ova as they begin forming
  • and are ready to be put into trays to become alevin and finally
  • fry ready for release.

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