hatchery highlights and Features
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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!
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.
what's happening at the hatchery
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!
As of September 01, 2020, 743 adult Spring Chinook Salmon have returned to the hatchery.
Ten-Year Return/Release Information
Fisheries In the news
August 20, 2020 - (Peninsula Daily News) Hatchery coho offering options in Quilcene
July 3, 2019 - (Daily Record) Fish biologists ask recreators not to build rock dams in local rivers
July 31, 2018 - Fall salmon seasons kick off Aug. 1 with mixed forecasts (Oregon DFW)
July 6, 2018 - (Tribal Tribune) CTFW utilize beavers in Methow salmon recovery work
Fishing on or near the hatchery
A History of Conservation
Did you know that the Carson NFH was a part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s plan to put America back to work during the great depression? In March of 1933 Roosevelt received congressional approval for the enlistment of 250,000 Civilian Conservation Corps members. Some of these members were stationed at Fort Vancouver and started construction on Carson NFH in 1935.