Seneca Nation of Indians


Fish Hatchery

The Seneca Nation Walleye Hatchery was constructed during 2010 / 2011 and was completed for operations in the spring of 2012.  Funding for this project was provided by a grant from the United States Fish & Wildlife Service. The Seneca Nation also provided funding, man power, tribal lands and heavy equipment to closely match the funding being provided. The purpose of the walleye hatchery is to repopulate the Seneca Territorial waters with walleye (whose populations have been in great decline over the past 30 years) and their habitat.

The Walleye hatchery is open seasonally to the public from

April 1 through November 1

Operation Hours:

Monday through Saturday

11AM through 4 PM

Large groups over 15 available by appointment, please call 716-945-6421

The Seneca Nation Walleye Hatcheries grant and funding were approved in the spring of 2010 and the construction of the facility began shortly thereafter. The hatcheries site location is off of I-86, Redhouse, exit 19. The walleye hatchery was constructed to be a totally 100% “green” facility.  Water being used at the hatchery is provided by gravity fed natural spring wells located on site, with a backup ground well (electric) to be used for emergency purposes. All electrical requirements are provided to the hatchery by use of solar panels. By using solar power we are able to remain “off the grid”; therefore we do not draw any power from the power grid at all. The holding ponds will be used to raise a portion of the walleye fry.  The Department anticipates being able to produced 2.5 million fry, between 15,000-25,000 walleye fingerlings and 1,000 -1,500 juveniles into the Allegany Reservoir annually.

The fisheries division is also addressing need to develop structure in our waters which at one time were abundant. The decline of the walleye population in our waters is due to the many years of habitat erosion, decay and sediment accumulation. Raising walleye and releasing them into our waters was not the complete answer to the solution. The habitat and structure are just as important to making our endeavor a success. We are at this time putting many resources into action to try to address the problems. The Seneca Nation Fish & Wildlife Department over the past 2 years has begun a habitat placement project throughout the Seneca Nation’s waters. We have place in excess of 380 Christmas trees in areas that once had tree stumps (which are now decayed) and other critical habitat.