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    salmon smolt (young)

    Our salmon are beginning to get ready to head to the ocean. Their bodies are changing to go from fresh to salt water. Broodyear 2017 will be released on April 3rd and 5th, 2019 at 5:00 pm both days. 450,000 salmon will be released each night.

what's happening at the hatchery

Growing Salmon...

The Spring Chinook salmon that will be released in late March/early April are looking great!  These salmon are Broodyear 2017, meaning they were spawned in August of 2017. This week 15,000 PIT (Passive Integrated Transponder) tags were placed into fish to allow for tracking; both for out migration and when they come back in 3 years.  It has been a relatively dry winter but we are now getting snow here. 

Spring Chinook Salmon eggs that we spawned last August (Broodyear 2018) are now getting ready to start feeding for the first time, they also look really good in the tanks. 

We have not seen as many Coho salmon in the ladder this year as in previous years and we should start seeing steelhead arriving in a few weeks.  Improvements to the hatcheries infrastructure continue with new back up generators being installed this spring.  We are crossing our fingers for a good spring arrival of broodstock.

Recent Fish Returns

As of July 26, 2018, 215 adult Spring Chinook Salmon have returned to to the hatchery.
Last Updated: May 24, 2019

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These fish were raised at Quilcene National Fish Hatchery. While we don't raise coho salmon at Warm Springs NFH, the egg-to-fry hatch for our spring Chinook salmon is similar.Credit: Florian Graner

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