The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center tells visitors ‘Go Fish’

Texas Fishwater Fisheries Center combines visitation and outdoor education with a production fish hatchery!


Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is now partially open. The facility has enhanced safety measures that comply with CDC guidelines and Governor Abbott’s executive orders.

Adjusted Hours:

Wednesday-Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Implemented Safety Measures & Precautions: 

    • Guests are encouraged to wear masks, maintain appropriate social distances from others outside their party, and use hand sanitizer and wash their hands regularly.
    • No groups larger than five people are allowed, except for families or people living in the same household.
    • To avoid crowding there will not be any tram or hatchery tours offered.
    • The indoor portion of the visitor center, including the dive theater, gift shop, and Game Warden museum will remain closed.
    • Water fountains and vending machines will not be operational. Visitors can bring drinks. Bottled water will be available for purchase.

TFFC will be operating at approximately 25% visitor capacity. This will allow up to 100 people at the facility at any time. For information on current capacity, please follow the TFFC Facebook page and front entrance signage.

Admission is temporarily reduced to $2.50 per guest. Visitors can enjoy all outside aquaria, recreational fishing (tackle and bait will be available), the Angler’s Pavilion, antique lure and fishing equipment exhibit, and wetland trail.

Originally Article Published: May 20, 2019

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens is an interactive museum where you can tour a hatchery, check out exhibits and even go fishing!

“One of our purposes is to help raise large mouth bass here in the state of Texas,” said Rebecca Sellers, Event Coordinator at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC). “So we do have a complete hatchery system where we spawned the large mouth bass. We raised them until they’re fingerling size and then we take them out and stock them up in the public waters of Texas, usually about 6 million a year.”

TFFC is one of 5 state fish hatcheries.

“The other purpose is our visitor center where families can come and they can enjoy going fishing together,” said Sellers. “They can enjoy spending time outside, they can take in our dive show…and they can take a narrated tour of our hatchery on the outside.”

Here’s the times for the Dive Shows & Tram Tours:

Dive Shows:

  • 11:00 a.m. weekdays
  • 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Saturday
  • 2:00 p.m. Sunday

Hatchery Tram Tours:

  • 11:30 a.m. weekdays
  • 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Saturday
  • 2:30 p.m. Sunday

And if you want to just fish instead of learning about them, you’re in luck. They provide everything you need for free. And you don’t need a fishing license or prior experience.

Poles, bait and a large stocked pond are all within reach.

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is located at 5550 FM 2495 in Athens.

Their off season hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday- Saturdays and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Sundays. Off-season is September 2019-February 2020.

Their regular hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Regular admission is $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors 65 and older, and $3.50 for children 4-12.

If you would like a season pass, it’s $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors, and $8 for children. It’s valid for one year after the date of purchase and season pass holders get 10% off gift shop items.

Visit TFFC’s website here. And follow them on Facebook here.

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