About the Hatchery:
Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery, located in central Louisiana, is the department's primary fish production facility. This facility primarily produces freshwater sportfish fingerlings to assist fisheries managers with achieving statewide management objectives. Since its first year of fish production in the spring of 1997, Booker Fowler has released over 41 million fish into public water bodies throughout Louisiana.
Interested in visiting us?
The Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery is home to a Visitors Center boasting over 10,000 gallons of aquaria. Native Louisiana fish, reptiles, amphibians, and crustaceans can all be found on display. If the animals aren’t enough of a draw, there are extensive wall murals hand-painted by local artists, Gene Dupuis and Paul Wallace, depicting natural Louisiana habitats.
The Visitors Center is free to the public and open, Monday through Friday from 9AM to 3PM year round. The best time to visit is mid-March through mid-May. That time of year is when the largemouth bass are spawning and you can view the various stages of egg development.
Interested in a group guided tour?
We will gladly give a guided tour to any patron, but we ask that large groups call ahead. For school groups, we offer various activities to students that will engage them in learning about fisheries. We even have a covered picnic area that is perfect for eating your lunch after the tour. Large parties or school groups should contact Extension Biologist Alayna McGarry (firstname.lastname@example.org ) at 318-748-6914 to schedule a tour.
10 Joan Stokes Rd.
Forest Hill, LA 71430
Phone: (318) 748-6914
Fax: (318) 748-6930