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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, when possible, national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public. However facility resources and events may be limited.  Check FWS Coronavirus Response page and call for local conditions.

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Spring at the Hatchery...

Due to the COVID-19 crisis our gates and restrooms are currently closed to the public.

All of our spring Chinook salmon fry are in outdoor raceways. Essential hatchery workers keep busy feeding fish and cleaning the raceways daily. We released our broodyear 2018 salmon on Friday, April 10, 2020. 

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, we will still be marking our broodyear 2019 salmon starting May 4 continuing through May 20.

Our fish ladder opened on May 1 for returning adult salmon.

Spring has definately arrived in the forest, the first spring flowers have popped up and the trees are starting to leaf out. The Gifford Pinchot National Forest has limited hiking trails open during this time; it is however okay to go for a drive in the forest and enjoy all of the spring beauty. 

Recent Carson NFH Fish Returns

As of July 13, 2020, 693 adult Spring Chinook Salmon have returned to the hatchery.

Ten-Year Return/Release Information

Last Updated: August 05, 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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