Thursday, May 30, 2013

Letting the trout go!

Cedar Creek Fish Hatchery
Hebo, OR

It was supposed to be nice today!
Rain and on at least :-)

We learned some more things about the hatchery today,
and our schedule.
Our days on will be Friday-Monday, 20 hours each per week,
which we can work at the same time.
As I said before, we will be mowing (with a riding mower!),
doing some weed control (spraying or whacking),
cleaning the office, 2 bathrooms, and sweeping out the feed room weekly.

We also get to help with the fish duties.
Today George got to help round up the Rainbow Trout.
These trout were getting bigger in the our ponds for another hatchery.

Bob the manager, George, and Lawrence
walked in the pond in waders, dragging a net to round the trout up.

Once they are in the net up against the end of the pond,

one of the guys from the other hatchery scoop them up in a net.

Then he puts them in a holding tank full of water in his truck.

At that point, George went with Eric to release the trout into Hebo Lake & Town Lake.
The fishermen were waiting! George didn't think to take a picture ;-(

I did some weeding of the flowerbeds,
and took some pictures of the local critters..

Hairy Woodpecker
Allen's Hummingbird

Allen's Hummingbird
 I was surprised to see a woodpecker on a Red Hot Poker flower.

George is hoping that the sun will finally dry out the grass here
so that he can get some mowing done.
I want to start spraying some weeds that are in the gravel.

More fish round-up tomorrow!


  1. What an interesting workcamping gig. Fish are much quieter than the weekend warriors in a campground;o)) Love the birds and the flowers!!

  2. That looks like a very interesting place to work for the summer. Your schedule sounds pretty nice. Will be great to have the days off together to do whatever... :)

  3. Bet it must be hard to keep the fishermen from casting their lines right at the hatchery... ;c)

    This is a really cool workamping job, so very different, even if there is lots of rain, it still must be fun!

  4. I'm kind of suprised they spray for weeds at a fish hatchery. Seems the runoff when it rains might go in the water. I like your schedule, bet you do too with three straight days off in a row to see what else is around. Great pictures of your wildlife.

  5. Looks like it is going to be an interesting season.

  6. I agree with the others. Looks like a cool gig! Thanks for the details. Your schedule looks good. I'd rather be off during the week to explore and avoid the crowds.