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Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery - Interpretive Page

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Jake Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery
25410 North Fish Hatchery Road
Topeka, IL 61567

Jake Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery is the largest of Illinois' three hatcheries. Located five miles west of Manito, the hatchery is fifty-five minutes from Peoria. Originally called Sand Ridge Hatchery, it was renamed in 1985 in honor of the late Jacob John "Jake" Wolf, former Deputy Director of Conservation.

Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery is unique because it is able to rear sixteen different species of fish. The hatchery is capable of doing this because it is located on top of a large aquifer. Ten wells are used to pump water from the aquifer to the hatchery. The ground water is 54 degrees Fahrenheit, which is cold enough to raise trout and salmon. Well water can also be heated in a 22 acre solar pond, or by several heat exchangers for other warm water species.

Jake Wolf produces millions of fish annually which are stocked into Illinois' lakes and waterways. Funding for the hatchery comes from the sale of Illinois fishing licenses.

The following species are produced at Jake Wolf:

Tiger Muskellunge
Skamania Steelhead
Channel Catfish
Hybrid Striped Bass
Striped Bass
Northern Pike
Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Coho Salmon
Chinook Salmon

Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass



A Visitor Center is located on the upper level of the hatchery and offers overlooks to view the different stages of fish production. Other attractions include: an antique fishing tackle display containing over 200 artifacts, a "Harvesting the River" exhibit depicting life on the Illinois River during the late 1800's and early 1900's, and several live and static fish displays. Tours of the hatchery are available seven days a week between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.  ALL tours are by appointment only. For tour information and reservations please call (309) 968-7531.





Fish Production Calendar

January --- Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Skamania Steelhead. These species will be in fry and fingerling stages of development.

February --- Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Skamania Steelhead fingerlings. Begin spawning Northern Pike in latter part of month.

March --- Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Skamania Steelhead fingerlings and Northern Pike fry. Incubate Walleye eggs. Spawn Muskellunge.

April --- Stock Walleye fry, Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Skamania Steelhead fingerlings. Northern Pike, and Muskellunge fry and fingerlings. Walleye fry stockings. Collect Striped Bass towards end of month.

May --- Stock Rainbow Trout, Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Walleye. Continue rearing of Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Skamania Steelhead, Northern Pike, and Muskellunge. Spawn Striped Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass.

June --- Stock Striped Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass. Continue rearing of Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Northern Pike, Muskellunge, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, and Striped Bass fingerlings. Continue spawning Largemouth Bass.

July --- Stock Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike. Continue raising Muskellunge, Rainbow Trout, and Largemouth Bass.  Begin rearing Channel Catfish.

August --- Stock Muskellunge and Largemouth Bass. Continue raising Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass and Channel Catfish.

September --- Finish stocking Largemouth Bass, and Muskellunge. Harvest Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, and Channel Catfish ponds.

October --- Stock Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, and Channel Catfish. Receive Coho and Chinook Salmon eggs from Michigan.

November --- Chinook Salmon and Coho Salmon eggs begin to hatch late in the month. Receive Rainbow and Brown Trout eggs from U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

December —All the Trout and Salmon are moved from incubation and started on feed.

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