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  • A Place for Pollinators

    pollinator garden

    The hatchery has taken on improving habitat for pollinators! New areas have been created and old gardens replanted with native plants that attract and enhance natural pollinators. Take a look!

  • What We Do...

    Coho Salmon

    Eagle Creek produces 1.5 million Coho salmon annually. 350,000 are released on site, 550,000 are transferred to the Nez Perce Tribe and 500,000 are transferred to the Yakama Nation to support Coho restoration projects in their watersheds.

  • Salmon Released...

    Eagle Creek

    On March 27, 2019 we released 350,000 Coho smolts into Eagle Creek.  We coordinate with a rain event as this provides smolts with camouflage while they acclimate and begin their seaward migration.  

what's happening at the hatchery

What's Hatchin'?

This is the time of year that the hatchery staff gets excited about – the returning adults and the start of the next cycle of life for the Coho.  The first of the adult Coho returns arrived on Monday the 16th, thanks to the good rains we’ve had.  The rate of new arrivals has really slowed down in the last week but we anticipate that the next heavy rain will bring another good group upstream to the hatchery.  The fish ladder and adult holding pond are open to receive them.  We are hoping for a strong return this Fall, based on the higher than usual number of jacks that returned last year.  There were 449 jacks in Broodyear 2018, as compared to the usual 250-275 jack count.  This higher than usual jack number is a potential indicator that the Broodyear 2016 smolt group, which was released as smolts in 2018 and most of which are returning as three year olds this year, survived well after release in early 2018.

The crew is doing the final few things to prepare the spawning and incubation rooms for use.  Spawning will commence late in October through mid-November.  Our scheduled spawn dates are currently Oct 30, Nov 6 and Nov 13th.  Visitors are welcome to come and watch the activity from the observation platform. 

The yearling Coho from last year’s spawning are doing fine and are on-track for growth toward their final release size target.  The recent rains have provided the hatchery with a good volume of crisp cool water, which the Coho yearlings appreciate.  

Recent Fish Returns

As of November 12, 2019, 3,018 adult Coho have returned to Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery .
As of November 20, 2018, 3,719 adult coho salmon have returned to Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery .
Last Updated: November 13, 2019
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