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Adult spring Chinook salmon return to Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery
Pacific Region, May 30, 2012
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Positioned in the Little White Salmon River below the fish ladder entrance, the underwater webcam captures the migration of returning adult spring Chinook salmon.
Positioned in the Little White Salmon River below the fish ladder entrance, the underwater webcam captures the migration of returning adult spring Chinook salmon. - Photo Credit: Speros Doulos/USFWS
For the first time, members of the Yakama Nation erected tribal fishing platforms on Drano Lake downstream of Little White Salmon NFH. Fishers targeted adult spring Chinook returning to the hatchery.
For the first time, members of the Yakama Nation erected tribal fishing platforms on Drano Lake downstream of Little White Salmon NFH. Fishers targeted adult spring Chinook returning to the hatchery. - Photo Credit: Speros Doulos/USFWS
Spring chinook salmon produced at and returning to the Little White Salmon NFH provide an extremely popular sport fishery in Drano Lake.
Spring chinook salmon produced at and returning to the Little White Salmon NFH provide an extremely popular sport fishery in Drano Lake. - Photo Credit: Speros Doulos/USFWS

Over 4,000 spring Chinook salmon have returned to Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery by the end of May, ensuring the hatchery has sufficient broodstock to meet 2012 spring Chinook production goals. Over 1,800 fish alone returned overnight between May 29-30, 2012, enabling the hatchery to close its fish ladder leading into its adult holding ponds.

 

The hatchery has provided 570 fish to the Yakama Nation for ceremonial and memorial purposes. Any additional surplus fish will be recycled back into the Little White Salmon river and Drano Lake for additional harvest opportunities by both sport and tribal fishermen.

Little White Salmon NFH's spring Chinook program helps to maintain a fish population that is incapable of becoming self-sustaining due to habitat loss resulting from flooding, siltation, and fluctuating water levels caused by the Bonneville Pool. It also provides fish to reaffirm tribal treaty granted fishing rights as mandated by the U.S. v Oregon Court agreement. Returning adult fish support a Columbia River sport, commercial and tribal fishery, and a highly successful terminal area tribal gillnet and sport fishery in Drano Lake. This terminal fishery allows harvest of a hatchery stock without impact to ESA-listed and wild fish.

The hatchery is open daily from 7:30am - 4:00 pm. Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery is located 12.5 miles east of Stevenson, Washington, on State Highway 14. The mile-long entrance road begins at the west end of the bridge over the Little White Salmon River at Drano Lake. Adult spring chinook salmon return in May and June, Up-river fall Chinook and Coho salmon return in late-September through early November. Spawning occurs in mid-July through mid-August and late October through mid-November.

In addition, the public can view Little White Salmon NFH salmon online at the Pacific Region Salmon webcam: http://www.fws.gov/pacific/webcam/


Little White Salmon NFH Pacific Region Salmon Cam, operated by the Columbia River Fisheries Program Office
http://1.usa.gov/L3Nt52
Little White Salmon NFH Flickr Photo Collection
http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwspacific/collections/72157626294163682/
Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery website
http://www.fws.gov/gorgefish/littlewhite/index.cfm
Contact Info: Sean Connolly, 503-231-2353, Sean_Connolly@fws.gov



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