2013 Event Calendar
Winthrop Kids' Free Fishing Day - Passport to Fishing
Second Saturday in June - June 8, 2013 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Hey kids, when you arrive, you will get a fishing day 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 new 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 will even have bait available. This is a fun day you and your family won’t want to miss.
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