Winthrop National Fish Hatchery
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2014 Event Calendar

Winthrop Kids' Free Fishing Day - Passport to Fishing

Second Saturday in June - June 14, 2014 10:00-2:00
Put Saturday June 14 on your calendar as you will not want to miss the annual fishing day event and Passport to Fishing. Come anytime between 10:00-2:00, it will take most of you about 1.5-2 hours but many stay longer for all the fun. When you arrive, you will get a fishing passport. You choose the locations you want to visit, get your passport stamped, then head to the pond for some great fishing. Angler related activities and education are half the fun; the other half is the chance to catch a rainbow trout. The fishing pond has some hungry trout and some are really big, so get ready for some fun fishing action! Limit is 1 fish. Bring your own fishing pole or borrow one of ours. We provide the bait. Then we clean your fish and show you the inside anatomy of a fish!. We bag your fish with ice for you to take home. Plan to stay a little longer and enjoy lunch on the grounds. We hope to have some concessions with food. This is a fun day you and your family won’t want to miss.

Edutainment planned for 2014 includes opportunities to view beaver and learn about the beaver project, learn boat safety, see how stream restoration works, look at live macroinvertebrates, learn about fly fishing, practice casting, gyotaku fish printing and other art activities, and identify internal parts of a fish as your fish is being cleaned

The Fishing Day event would not be possible without the great community support and assistance by many agencies. Listed are Sponsors and groups that volunteered, providing activities and helpers, in 2013:

Thank you Sponsors and Volunteers:

AMERICORPS
CASCADE COLUMBIA FISHERIES ENHANCEMENT GROUP
FRIENDS OF NORTHWEST HATCHERIES
METHOW ARTS ALLIANCE
METHOW CONSERVANCY
METHOW RESTORATION COUNCIL
METHOW SALMON RECOVERY FOUNDATION
METHOW VALLEY FLY FISHERS
METHOW VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
OKANOGAN CONSERVATION DISTRICT
TROUT UNLIMITED
UPPER COLUMBIA SALMON RECOVERY BOARD
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
U.S. FOREST SERVICE
U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
WASHINGTON STATE ARTS COMMISSION
WASHINGTON STATE PARKS
WILD FISH CONSERVANCY
YAKAMA NATION

New spawing building and holding pond

Spring Chinook salmon, steelhead, and coho salmon will now enter the new hatchery adult holding pond and be spawned in the new spawning building. Stop by to visit this beautiful facility and feed the rainbow trout in the new kids fishing pond.

The hatchery has had significant renovations over the last year or so. The largest addition is a completely new holding facility for adult salmon and spawning building including a visitor viewing room to observe spawning operations and a salmon viewing window (below water level). Other modifications include a new pumphouse and pump to upgrade the main water supply to the adult holding facility; new entrance bridge to handle heavy trucks; rehabilitation of the hatchery electrical system, and a new computer based alarm system including security cameras.

The Yakama Nation also constructed an "isolation building" on the hatchery property for reconditioning wild summer steelhead adults that have already spawned once (kelts). This particular building will not be open to the public since it is critical to keep the fish quiet and calm during their reconditioning period. These important fish will be reconditioned through the summer months and returned to the Methow River near Pateros in the fall so they can have a chance at spawning again in the Methow Basin the following spring. The goal of this program is to increase the number of wild spawners in the Methow Basin by 10%. Many challenges exist in this program including the capture of kelts in the river system and determining the best fish culture techniques for reconditioning the fish at the facility.

 

453A Twin Lakes Road - PO Box 429, Winthrop, WA 98862, (509) 996-2424

 

Chinook Salmon - Photo: USFWS
Chinook Salmon
USFWS

 
Coho Salmon - Photo: NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Coho Salmon
NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center
 
Steelhead Trout- Photo: USFWS
Steelhead Trout
USFWS
 
Rainbow Trout - Photo: USFWS
Rainbow Trout
USFWS
 
Pacific Lamprey - Photo: USFWS
Pacific Lamprey
USFWS
 
Bull Trout - Photo: USFWS
Bull Trout
USFWS
 
Aquatic Invasive Species Zebra Mussels - Photo: USGS
Aquatic Invasive
Species (AIS)
Zebra Mussels

USGS
Last updated: June 2, 2014
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