Casco Fish Hatchery Construction

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The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's Casco Fish Hatchery is undergoing a major repair. Last year, the intake pipeline that supplied water from Pleasant Lake to the hatchery raceways stopped working.

Construction has begun on a new water intake, and is expected to be completed the beginning of October, allowing the Casco Hatchery to raise landlocked salmon, brook, rainbow and brown trout in 2017. Check here weekly for construction updates.

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Latest Update:

Pleasant Lake/Casco Hatchery Pipeline Replacement Project - Update

Week of August 11, 2017

The on the water construction phase of the Casco Hatchery Pipeline Replacement Project is complete, and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife would like thank the Pleasant Lake Community and the towns of Casco and Otisfield for their support during the project. This portion of the project was completed ahead of schedule, as the 3,900’ primary intake pipe and a shorter, 315’ secondary intake pipe were filled and lowered to the lake bottom during the week of July 24th. With the on the on the water construction phase complete, the barges and related construction equipment will be removed from Pleasant Lake. Crews will now focus completing the section of the pipeline from the lake dam to the hatchery building. If the remainder of the construction proceeds as planned and there are no unexpected delays, construction should be complete and the hatchery operational by the beginning of October. The Casco Hatchery raises landlocked salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout which are stocked throughout the state. It is the only state hatchery that produces rainbow trout and the Sebago Lake salmon strain. The Casco Hatchery, established in 1954, produces over 85,000 catchable fish annually. Over 300,000 people fish in Maine each year, injecting $319 million into Maine’s economy annually. The Department would like to thank the community of their support of the project during the on-water construction phase.

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About the facility

The Casco (Wade) State Fish Hatchery was established in 1945.

In 1960, new 8' wide raceway sections were constructed and the hatchery building was added in 1962. In 1979, ultraviolet water treatment equipment was installed. The most recent facility upgrades were in 2004 when a bulk oxygenation system was added and then in 2005 when an effluent microscreen filtration with clarifier and solids storage was made operational.

Water for the facility is supplied by Pleasant Lake from a single intake and is gravity-fed to 32 covered concrete raceway sections.

Species reared at the Casco facility include brown trout, rainbow trout, landlocked salmon, and brook trout (seasonally).

The facility's annual production is 85,000 catchable fish (>45,000 lbs)

Fun Facts

  • The Department obtains salmon eggs by using a fish trap on the Jordan River to capture spawning landlocked salmon that are returning from Sebago Lake.
  • The hatchery in Casco is the sole supplier of rainbow trout and the Sebago strain of landlocked salmon for statewide stocking programs.