Winthrop National Fish Hatchery
Pacific Region

2015 Event Calendar

Winthrop Kids' Free Fishing Day - Passport to Fishing

Second Saturday in June - June 13, 2015 10:00-2:00
Put Saturday June 13 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 2015 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 2015:

Thank you Sponsors and Volunteers:

  • Friends of Northwest Hatcheries
  • Methow Arts Alliance
  • Methow Valley Fly Fishers
  • Methow Conservancy
  • Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation
  • Methow Recycles
  • Methow Restoration Council
  • Methow Valley School District
  • Yakama Nation
  • Intermountain AmeriCorps
  • Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board
  • Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group
  • WA Water Project of Trout Unlimited
  • Big R
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • Okanogan Conservation District
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • WA Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • WA State Arts Commission
  • WA State Parks

Spawing building and holding pond

We have a newer adult holding pond that our Spring Chinook salmon, steelhead, enter, with a viewing window for you to see these beautiful adult fish. We also have a newer spawing 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 several years. 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

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

Last updated: February 19, 2015
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