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    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!

  • 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.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

    During the current public health emergency, the hatchery grounds are open to the public; however, the restrooms and buildings remain closed. Please call (509) 538-2305 for information. More information: FWS Coronavirus Response page.

what's happening at the hatchery

What's Hatchin'?

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the hatchery and restrooms are closed to the public. Please call the hatchery directly at (509) 538-2305 for further information.

Currently there are about 940,000 Coho salmon being reared on station for the Yakama Nation Fisheries Program. These will be on station until they reach the pre-smolt stage next March. Then they will be transferred and acclimated in the mid-Columbia region, near Leavenworth, WA. 

Staff at the hatchery continue to tend for the Coho on station as well as travel throughout the Complex assisting with spawning. They assisted with Spring Chinook spawning at both Carson and Little White Salmon National Fish Hatcheries (NFH) in August and with Tule Fall Chinook spawning at Spring Creek NFH in September.

Spawning of Upriver Bright Fall Chinook salmon has started at the Little White Salmon NFH; of these 3.5 million will be transferred and reared at the Carson Depot Springs facility. This is an off-site rearing/incubation facility that is located on the banks of the Columbia River. The facility is fed by a spring that was historically used to fill steam engines for the railroad. The water is warmer here than water at the Willard NFH, so development is accelerated. Of the 3.5 million reared here, 2.3 million will remain until the fry stage, when they will be transferred to the Willard NFH (February). The remaining 1.2 million will be transferred as eyed eggs to the Little White Salmon and Prosser hatcheries. 

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Last Updated: November 13, 2020
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