2013 Event Calendar
Passport to Fishing
Second Saturday in June, June 8, 2013 10am- 2pm - New Time
Local Girls Soccer Team to provide consessions! Please support this group of outstanding young ladies by buying and experincing lunch with your family during your visit to the hatchery for this years' kid's fishing day.
Thank you Sponsors and Volunteers:
New spawing building and holding pond
Spring Chinook salmon, steelhead, and coho salmon will now be arrive at the new hatchery adult holding pond and be spawned in a new spawning building recently completed. 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