Congrats to the winners!

We would like to say thank you to all of our volunteers, guides, staff, Amber Allison Photography, the Tolowa Dee-Ni’ Nation, and our participants. We had a great weekend with a ton of activity, including, fishing, raffles, an auction, lots of great food and drinks and a great presentation from the Nor Cal guides and sportsman association in witch they presented a 1500 dollar donation to the hatchery. Over all we had a wonderful weekend and raised a ton of money. The exact numbers aren’t in yet. We will post them soon. Congrats to our winners.

In first place we had team number 19.
Kathy Figas, Linda Sundberg and their guide Mick Thomas. Bob Figas, Garth Sundberg and their guide Phil Desautels. They caught 6 fish for a total of 170 inches.

In Second place we had team 10.
Chuck Howard, Darin Bradbury and their guide Rye Philips. Chris Howard, Tom Bessett and their guide Frank Duarte. They caught 5 fish for a total of 130 inches.

In third place we had team number 2.
Eric Sherwood, Kevin Lee and their guide Gary Early. Doug Huckfeldt, Jerry Sax and their guide Jason James. They caught 4 fish for 109 inches.

The top rod ( the most fish caught by a single angler) went to Jerry Sax and guide Jason James. 3 fish totaling 87 inches.

The biggest fish went to angler Marc Scarr and his guide Chris Griffin with a 38 inch Chetco river Stealhead.

We had a total of 34 fish caught. 17 on the Smith and 17 on the Chetco. With a grand total of 950 inches.

We would also like to extend a huge thank you to our Derby coordinator, Kimberlee Nielsen Lindberg Swift. You are awesome and we love you!!!

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36th Annual Steelhead Derby 2018

The 36th Annual Steelhead Derby (February 22-24, 2108) is coming upon us quickly!

Guides please confirm if you haven’t all ready done so!

Fisherman…Please, please get your entry forms in early this year for your teams…Earlier the better..

I want to Thank everyone, guides, fisherman, sponsors, and all the helping hands that make this event happen… A BIG thank you for your continued support!

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Fall Update

Hey everyone,

There has been a lot of work going on at the hatchery over the spring, summer and early fall. Andy, crew and a group of volunteers successfully clipped, tagged and released nearly 80,000 chinook fingerlings in the late spring. This is a great undertaking as you have to handle each fish and be very precise with the tagging and clipping. I volunteered this year and my hands hurt for days!! Andy and crew have also been maintaining over 40,000 Steelhead juveniles. They require a lot of labor. They are fed 5 times daily, monitored constantly for health issues and kept in the upmost quality of water conditions. With all of this, the crew has kept up with all of the daily maintenance of buildings, yards and equipment.

Currently Andy and crew are trapping Chinook, which has been fairly unsuccessful due to the low water levels we have had this fall. We hope that the weather systems that are forecasted for the next few days will bring some fish into the trap.

As most of you know, February brings our annual fundraising fishing derby. This derby is one of two fundraisers that pay for our labor costs, electricity and fish food. Your participation in this derby will directly effect financial bottom line of the hatchery. It is not to early to get your team signed up. For more information you can personal message this page or call The number listed on this page.

Thank you all so much for your donations of your work and hard earned money. Without you, this all would not be possible. Please remember if you want to get your pick for your guide, get in early!! Thank you all again!

Pictured here is Andy, our hatchery manager looking over the Wier and trap and the holding ponds that are holding the fish we have already trapped.

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Clipping and Tagging Salmon

It was a great weekend clipping and tagging Chinook salmon at the hatchery. Everybody’s backs and hands are soar, but getting 10,000 little kings ready for release is worth it. Thank you to all that came and volunteered. We have a lot more to do. If you would like to help out, please let us know.

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    (707) 487-4133
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    (255 N. Fred Haight Dr.)
    PO BOX 328
    SMITH RIVER, CA 95567-0328
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