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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.

**If you have a wildlife issue please contact the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at (509) 575-2740; or their Dispatch at (509) 283-7803.

Fall is a busy time for the staff at Carson NFH. We just completed spawning our springers and now have over a million eggs to take care of. The eggs are treated three times a week with formalin to prevent fungus infections and once eyed, they need to be shocked, picked and counted.

Shocking the eggs involves exposing the eggs to a minor trauma such as pouring them from one bucket to another or dropping them from a short height into another container or something that shakes the egg just enough so that the inner membranes of the dead eggs, which are weaker, break but not hard enough to harm living eggs with stronger membranes. This causes the dead eggs to change color making them easier to pick from the live eggs. Then the live eggs are counted and placed back in the incubation trays to hatch.

The fry will be later transferred to outdoor raceways once they have buttoned up; this is when their yolk sac is completely absorbed and they need to be put on fish feed.

Meanwhile, Carson staff are also traveling to other stations in the Complex to help with spawning of fall Chinook salmon.

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: November 13, 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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