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  • Fishing at your Fingertips!


    All you need to know for fishing can be found on the new Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's Mobile Fishing app. Fish Washington puts up-to-the-minute fishing regulations at your fingertips!

  • Hatchery Release...


    We released our spring Chinook salmon into the Wind River on April 10, 2020. Despite closures due to COVID-19 you can still enjoy a drive in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

  • Learn About Our Hatcheries...

    The Gorge facilities were highlighted in a recent Outdoor GPS segment. Take a look here to learn more about National Fish Hatcheries and where salmon come from!

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

    During the current public health emergency, the hatchery remains closed. Please call the hatchery directly at (509) 427-5905  for further information. More information: FWS Coronavirus Response page.

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What's Hatchin'...

Due to the COVID-19 crisis our gates and restrooms are currently closed to the public. Please call the hatchery directly at 509-427-5905 for further information.

We've wrapped up spawning our spring Chinook salmon for the broodyear 2020. Spawning took place over three Wednesdays in August. We spawned 437 females and 258 males; with an estimated 1.53 million eggs (we used 3500 eggs/female as fecundity). All eggs are incubating in our Nursery Building, where they will remain over the next few months.

Unfortunately we will not be having our annual Kid's Fishing Day due to the COVID-19 crisis. It was a tough decision, but for the health and safety of the community and our staff we will not be holding the event.

We definately have seen a shift in the weather. While the hatchery remains closed, it is a beautiful time of year for a drive up the Wind River Highway through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Be sure to get outside to enjoy the upcoming fall weather!

Recent Carson NFH Fish Returns

As of September 01, 2020, 743 adult Spring Chinook Salmon have returned to the hatchery.

Ten-Year Return/Release Information

Last Updated: September 16, 2020

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These fish were raised at Quilcene National Fish Hatchery. While we don't raise coho salmon at Carson NFH, the egg-to-fry hatch for our spring Chinook salmon is similar. Credit: Florian Graner

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