Red Bluff Fish & Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region
Hatchery Evaluation - An Overview
Arial View of the Coleman National Fish Hatchery Complex

Arial View of the Coleman National Fish Hatchery Complex
Photo Credit: Bureau of Reclamation

Using scientific methodologies, the hatchery evaluation program supports the efforts of Coleman National Fish Hatchery (NFH), and Livingston Stone NFH, to meet fish production goals, maximize contribution to fisheries, minimize negative impacts to naturally-produced fish populations, and conserve species.

Shasta Dam

Shasta Dam
Photo Credit: Bureau of Reclamation

Together, Coleman NFH and Livingston Stone NFH propagate three runs of Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha and steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss. Fall and late-fall Chinook salmon and steelhead are propagated at Coleman NFH. Winter Chinook salmon are propagated at Livingston Stone NFH.

Livingstonstone National Fish Hatchery

Livingstonstone National Fish Hatchery
Photo Credit: USFWS

Coleman NFH is one of the largest salmon and steelhead production hatcheries in the contiguous 48 states. About 12 million fall Chinook salmon, 1 million late-fall Chinook salmon, and 600,000 steelhead are produced annually. Livingston Stone NFH produces up to 250,000 endangered Sacramento River winter Chinook salmon each year.

Did You Know?

Steelhead do not die after spawning like salmon do. Many steelhead spawning in the Red Bluff and Redding areas survive to spawn a second time. Some may even spawn three or more times.

Last updated: May 4, 2011