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Public Fishing Opportunities

Image of a Rainbow trout
 
The Abernathy Fish Technology Center, located in Longview, Washington, is a research facility with three programs: Conservation Genetics, Nutrition & Physiology, and Quantitative Ecology & Technology. Center staff conduct applied studies and provide technical assistance and expertise to internal and external partners and stakeholders. These programs assist in conservation, mitigation, Tribal trust responsibilities, restoration, and recovery efforts for fishery resources. Public fishing access on Center property is codifed in the Center's Fishing Plan and Environmental Assessment.


Fishing access at the Abernathy Fish Technology Center's Bergstrom Tract is highlighted in the red triangle above. Abernathy Creek is highlighted in blue. Click on the image above for an enlarged version. Credit: USFWS

 
Bank fishing access is allowed along both banks of the portion of Abernathy Creek that flows through the Service's newly-acquired Bergstrom Tract (see red triangular area in the map, above). The property is adjacent to and to the east of Abernathy Creek Road is located approximately 3.5 miles from the juncture of Abernathy Creek Road and State Highway 4 and roughly 9/10ths of a mile from the Center's main facility.

 

Anglers may fish for Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, Steelhead trout, Rainbow trout, Cutthroat trout, and other cool water fish in accordance with Washington Department Fish and Wildlife regulations.
 
Parking to access the property (see images, below) is available along Abernathy Creek Road's shoulder and in one nearby turnout.
 
Fishing is not allowed at the Abernathy Fish Technology Center's main facility. Anglers should avoid parking or trespassing on private property surrounding the Bergstrom Tract.

 

Fishing access for the Abernathy Fish Technology Center's Bergstrom Tract
Approximately 9/10 of a mile north of the entrance to Abernathy Fish Technology Center is the access point to the fishing area. Note the two large trees and a utility box in the photo, which marks the spot.

Approximately 9/10ths of a mile north of the entrance to Abernathy Fish Technology Center is the access point to the Bergstrom Tract fishing area. Note the two large trees and a utility box in the photo, which marks the spot.

 

 

Hatchery Fishing Plan highlights, rules, and regulations:

  • • Anglers must possess a current State of Washington fishing license.
  • • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service property boundaries for the Bergstrom Tract are clearly posted.

  • • The Bergstrom Tract is accessible 24 hours per day.

    • Camping, overnight use, and fires are prohibited.

    • Pets are welcome, but must be under control at all times.
Image of rainbow trout, photo credit Mark Lisac, U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceChinook salmon. Credit: Lance Koudele.

 

Applicable State and Tribal Regulations:
 
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Fishing Regulations, including species and take limits, apply when fishing on Abernathy Fish Technology Center property.
     
  • • Anglers must obtain a Washington State fishing license and follow Washington State laws, limits, and regulations.
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  • • Enforcement of fishing regulations on hatchery property will primarily be conducted by state wildlife law enforcement officers. Federal law enforcement may randomly check anglers for compliance with Federal and state laws.
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    Image of cutthroat trout, photo credit David Leer, Oregon State University (Public Domain)

    Cutthroat trout. Credit: David Leer, Oregon State University(Public Domain)

 
Other Resources:

 

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Last Updated: November 05, 2021
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