Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ahh, so that's what a hatchery does!

Cedar Creek Fish Hatchery
Hebo, OR

Another rainy day in coastal Oregon.
The forecast is promising sunny days soon!

Today we met up with the manager of the hatchery, Bob.
He went over some of our duties, and we got to know him better, 
and he learned more about us.
George and I shadowed him as he went through his daily duties.

Call me umm..uninformed (?) but I thought that a fish hatchery's purpose was to raise and study fish.
Well, knock me over with a feather :-)
Not being a hunter/fisher/gatherer, I never knew that fish were raised for the sole purpose 
of catching and eating them!
Now, wouldn't it just be easier to come up and throw your line straight into the ponds at the hatchery?
I guess it would take all the sport out of it :-)

Although the bulk of our duties are to mow, keep the landscaping looking nice,
and do weekly cleaning of the office area,
we do get to help with the hatchery process.
This hatchery raises winter & summer steelhead, Chinook, and Rainbow Trout.
I won't go into the whole process detail, but it takes approximately 1 year from egg to release.

The nursery!

George feeding the trout.

Feeding frenzy!
 We spent the whole day learning the process in a nutshell.
Bob took us on a tour of the grounds, including where the 
Cedar creek feeds all the water in the various ponds.

At the end of the day, I weeded our flower bed on our site..

there are tons of flower bulbs coming up around the property.
It should all look lovely very soon.

It should be a great summer!


  1. Rain, rain go away! However, maybe it'll help clear up some of the pollen.

  2. Wow, very different from your last gig! You're definitely getting some varying experience. Do you have certain days off or just a number of hours you need to work during the week?

  3. Looks like it'll be an interesting summer. Anxious to hear the details of this gig :) It's much different than the common workamping stuff. Tell us more :)

  4. Those fishies are going to become very fond of George, they will like seeing him with their dinner.

    Nice change of jobs, you know the fish are not going to cause you too much trouble. :cD

  5. Sounds like a great spot for anyone tired of dealing with campers. I hear fish are very quiet. Hope you answer all the questions your commenters posed. This looks like a very nice summer.

  6. This looks like it would be a fun job. We are looking forward to all the details. Like others have said it will be a good change of pace from dealing with campers. So... is Thursday night dinner fish night ;)

  7. Nice to get settled in. The new gig sounds good to me. They call stocking the areas here put and take. They put em in and we take em out:) Not able to self sustain a population with the amount of fishing pressure.