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  • Local Fishing Opportunities!

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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!

  • Learn About Our Hatcheries...

    tule fall Chinook salmon

    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!

  • This Time of Year...

    Incubation Room

    This time of year our spawning has wrapped up for the season. Our 12 million eggs are developing in incubation trays, where they will spend the next 3 months!

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Fall at the Hatchery...

We have wrapped up spawning for the year. We successfully took our estimated 12 million tule fall Chinook salmon eggs. They are all safe and sound inside our Incubation Building, where they will spend the next few months. We will begin shocking the eggs in the coming weeks. This is when we pass the eggs from a high place to a lower place, allowing the live eggs to then sink when placed in a brine solution; the dead eggs float and can be discarded. The eggs will hatch in about 55 days in the incubation trays. Workers cycle through trays daily, removing any dead eggs so that they won't contaminate the others.

This is a wonderful time of year to visit the hatchery for outdoor enjoyment! Our entrance road begins as a Washington State Park, where on windy days you can enjoy watching the last of the colorful windsurfing sails for the season. Walking along the mile-long entrance road is very relaxing. We have a 1/2 mile interpretive trail, or you can simply walk along the road. Many types of waterfowl and birds grace the road; and the leaves are changing. The reds and oranges of fall are in full display. We have benches for relaxing and picnic tables for snacking, do stop in.

Recent spring creek NFH Fish Returns

As of October 01, 2019, 15,570 adult tule fall Chinook have returned to the hatchery.
As of October 01, 2018, 16,578 adult Tule Fall Chinook Salmon have returned to Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery .
Last Updated: October 22, 2019
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