On Wednesday Feb 1st, Natural Resource & Agriculture students from Nestucca High School teamed up with Cedar Creek Hatchery staff and assisted with this years Summer Steelhead spawning. Egg takes from these fish are for production on both the Nestucca & Siletz rivers. Unspawned Summer Steelhead were also released in Cape Mears lake for angler opportunity.
The students also helped sort through the wild Winter Steelhead Broodstock but no fish were ready this week.
Status and development of the fall chinook that were spawned by the Nestucca Anglers in October/November 2022 are here and doing well at our Cedar Creek Hatchery. There were two egg takes (10/26/22 & 11/2/22). Both groups have hatched and are looking healthy. The sack fry are currently trayed down in our basket troughs and are forecasted to be “buttoned up” (egg sack fully absorbed) by the end of February/early March. Once the sack fry have completely absorbed their yolks we will begin them on a starter feed.
In partnership with ODFW and Cedar Creek Hatchery, Nestucca Angler Volunteers took on and completed a (Rhoades Pond) screen upgrade project this past week. We are excited to have these in place for 2023 starting with the arrival of our Broodstock offspring(s).
Nestucca Anglers released 105,000 August 17th. The fish went out to the Nestucca basin healthy and to size. Special thank you to all the feeding volunteers that took care of the fish throughout the season.
We will start collecting the broodstock for our 2022 offspring in September. Stay tuned as we will keep you updated on our collection process.