Although most hatchery lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.
- • Check local conditions on this website and called for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
- • The CDC recommends all individuals wear a mask indoors in public in areas of substantial or high transmission. Recognizing that most of the United States is currently in substantial or high transmission categories and to best protect visitors and our staff, we've implemented a nationwide mask requirement. Masks are now required inside all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service buildings, regardless of vaccination status or location. All people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask on all forms of public transportation and in healthcare settings on DOI lands.
- • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.
Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery is currently closed to the public. Please call 541-553-1692 for information.
We serve as a Passage Facility for wild Spring Chinook, Coho and steelhead on their way further up river. All fish travel up our fish ladder; we then pass the wild fish through the facility to continue to upper reaches of the Warm Springs River.
Spring Chinook Spawning...
We wrapped up Spring Chinook Salmon spawning for broodyear 2020. We took approximately 504,000 eggs from 210 females. It was a successful year!
Invasive Zebra Mussels Found in Aquarium Supplies
ALERT! Invasive zebra mussels were recently found in "moss balls,” an aquarium plant sold at aquarium and pet supply stores.
DO NOT DUMP THEM! Follow these Disposal Instructions to keep our waterways safe.
what's happening at the hatchery
What's Hatchin' at the Hatchery?
Please recreate responsibly, maintain social distance, and wear a mask!
Things are beginning to pick up at the hatchery. April 8th we released the yearling plus spring Chinook salmon into the Warm Springs River. Tagging and marking of the current year of fish was completed in late April.
Spring Chinook adults are beginning to return to the hatchery after their time in the Pacific Ocean. The prediction is for a good return this year, but we remain cautiously optimistic. So far, we have 11 fish in the holding ponds. We have not seen any wild origin spring Chinook as of yet, but are hopeful they will return.
We are using a new technology that has been used by other agencies and hatcheries. We are using a portable ultra-sound imager to positively sex each of the fish that we handle. With it we can see the developing ovaries of the fish, which incidentally look like white bubble wrap on the screen of the device, or the testes, which are just black blobs on the screen. The plan is to sex each individual fish with the unit when we work up the capture trap each day.
Typical at a hatchery, there is always feeding and cleaning of the raceways, so we are always busy with something.
Recent Fish Returns
As of June 17, 2021,
1,757 adult Spring Chinook Salmon have returned to the hatchery.
Fisheries In the news
August 20, 2020 - (Peninsula Daily News) Hatchery coho offering options in Quilcene
July 3, 2019 - (Daily Record) Fish biologists ask recreators not to build rock dams in local rivers
July 31, 2018 - Fall salmon seasons kick off Aug. 1 with mixed forecasts (Oregon DFW)
July 6, 2018 - (Tribal Tribune) CTFW utilize beavers in Methow salmon recovery work
March 30, 2018 - Idaho summer chinook fishing may heat up
Ten-Year Return/Release Information
Did You Know? Tribal Connection
The hatchery is located on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation and is operated by the U.S. Fish & Wildllife Service on lands leased by the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs.