2014 Event Calendar
Winthrop Kids' Free Fishing Day - Passport to Fishing
Second Saturday in June - June 14, 2014
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.Plan to stay for a picnic lunch too!
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:
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