Employees at Dundee State Fish Hatchery started reducing the number of fish at its facility today.
Crews transferred two truck loads of catfish from Dundee to the freshwater hatchery in Possum Kingdom.
The move is part of the facility's preparations to temporarily close next month.
Although state parks and wildlife officials have not officially decided to suspend operations at the hatchery, plans are now underway because of the drought.
Officials say the only way to keep the facility open is if a substantial amount of rain falls to keep Dundee's 97 ponds full during the spring.
The temporary closure date is set for March 26th, the day spring harvesting at the hatchery is set to begin.