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  • Proposed Fishing Plan: Public Comment Period March 25-April 26, 2020

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed opening Little White Salmon River fishing opportunities on Willard National Fish Hatchery property. (Draft PlanEnvironmental Assessment)

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

    During the current public health emergency, when possible, national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public. However facility resources and events may be limited.  Check FWS Coronavirus Response page and call for local conditions.

  • Just Keep Growing...

    Willard NFH

    About one million Upriver Bright Fall Chinook salmon that were received as eggs from the Little White Salmon NFH will be moved from their indoor tanks to outdoor raceways in mid-February.

  • Forest Youth Success!

    Forest Youth Success youth crew

    Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, we will not be hosting a youth work team this summer. We hope it returns next summer, learn more about this valuable program...Forest Youth Success!

what's happening at the hatchery

What's Hatchin'?

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the hatchery and restrooms are closed to the public.

Currently at the Willard NFH care of the fish is an essential function and the Service's Fish Culturists are busy feeding and caring for the 3 million salmon on station. Over the course of April and May the Coho salmon, reared for the Yakama Nations Mid-Columbia Coho Program, are being moved from indoor rearing tanks to the outside raceways as they have outgrown the small indoor tanks. Through May and June we will keep growing the Up-river Bright Fall Chinook, preparing them for marking in late June and release in early July.

Credit: Florian Graner

Last Updated: May 22, 2020
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