Indian Creek Hatchery

The present-day hatchery building at Indian Creek was actually constructed in the 1980s, although the site dates back to 1906 when fish canning baron Robert Hume established his fourth hatchery. He built his first hatchery on the Rogue River in 1877.

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More than a dozen volunteers, supporters and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) employees were at Indian Creek Hatchery in Gold Beach on Nov. 13 for the season’s first spawning of Rogue River hatchery chinook salmon.

Hatchery Crowd

Volunteers and spectators turn out for the first spawning of the season at Indian Creek Hatchery.

“First spawning (brings out) quite a crew,” said David Sophusson, president of Curry Anadromous Fishermen (CAF). “But after the third or fourth time, we need to recruit more volunteers.”

Joan and Andrew

Joan Cooper assists the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Andrew Wells as he begins checking the netful of fish for those ready to spawn.

Volunteer Jobs

Each volunteer has a specific job.

Adding Milt

Salmon milt is added to the collected salmon roe in buckets to fertilize them.

Incubator Tray

The fertilized eggs are loaded into the incubator.

Specimen Samples

Fish biologist Andrew Wells gathers specimens to check the health of the fish that have been spawned.


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