The Ringold Hatchery Received Coho From The Lower Columbia River Hatcheries

Columbia River

Photo Credit: Courtesy of WDFW

by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

The Ringold Hatchery near Eltopia yesterday received coho salmon from the Lower Columbia River hatcheries as part of the increased salmon production for southern resident killer whales in Puget Sound and to increase fishing opportunities from Washington all the way to Alaska. Ringold receives 250,000 of the coho annually. They will be reared and acclimated for about six months before being released in spring of 2021 into the Columbia River. This is the second year coho have been released from Ringold and adults should start returning for Columbia River fishing as soon as next fall!

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