The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, in partnership with the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery, strives to be stewards of the environment while making hatchery operations more efficient and cost-effective.
The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation recently contracted with Greenwired Renewable Energy Solutions to install a 312-panel solar electric system at the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery. The 113.88kw PV system will offset approximately 75 to 80 percent of current electricity consumption with renewable solar energy and will also provide a significant reduction in the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions. The resulting system will save the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery approximately $21,000 annually in energy costs. Tribal TERO workers participated in co-construction, building TDN’s capacity to maintain the new system and administer future energy projects. This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery rears and releases Chinook and steelhead into the Smith River each year, supporting fishing opportunities that have annually brought money into the local community. Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery is in operation 365 days each year. Numerous school children visit the hatchery and several of the local schools have developed classroom incubation programs. This technology allows each student with a hands-on opportunity to experience the wonder of nature.
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.
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!!!
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!
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.
Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery is in operation 365 days each year. Numerous school children visit the hatchery and several of the local schools have developed classroom incubation programs. This technology allows each student a hands-on opportunity to experience the wonder of nature. You will find fish at the hatchery during the entire year, during the spawning season the activity is greatly increased.