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  • VetsWork Intern...

    intern Derek Pugh

    Welcome to Derek Pugh, our VetsWork Environment intern through the Mount Adams Institute. We are excited that he will be working with us at the hatchery through the end of the year. 

  • 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!

  • The Cycle Continues...


    We had another successful spawning season, our adult ponds are now empty and the eggs are incubating in our nursery. Fall is a beautiful time for a drive in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest; stop in for a visit!

  • 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!

what's happening at the hatchery

Fall at the Hatchery...

Spawning has wrapped up for another year. The salmon eggs are incubating in our nursery and will remain there for the next few months. We had a really successful Kid's Fishing Day on September 14; registering 196 kids to fish and hosting over 400 visitor to the hatchery for the event. We have plenty of broodyear '18 salmon for viewing in our outdoor ponds and fall is a wondrful time to visit. The Gifford Pinchot National Forest has plenty of hiking trails and the leaves are starting to change, making outdoor activities stunning! We hope you stop in and say hello if you are out and about.

Recent Carson NFH Fish Returns

As of July 26, 2019, 719 adult Spring Chinook Salmon have returned to the hatchery.
Last Updated: November 15, 2019

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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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