P.O. Box 235 Reedsport, Oregon 97467
541-662-5505
grwbstep@gmail.com

Gardiner Reedsport
Winchester Bay
STEP Program

A Fall Chinook Salmon and Rainbow Trout Hatchery
Our hatchery is located on Hwy 101 between Gardiner and the Smith River Bridge, north of Reedsport

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A Fall Chinook Salmon and Rainbow Trout Hatchery

Our hatchery is located on Hwy 101 between Gardiner and the Smith River Bridge, north of Reedsport

Since 1992, the Gardiner, Reedsport, Winchester Bay Salmon Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) has annually released nearly 200,000 Fall Chinook Salmon (Smolt) in Winchester Bay near the confluence of Winchester Creek.

In three to five years these smolt return to Winchester Bay’s East Boat Basin as adult Chinook salmon.  Because they acclimated in the bay these salmon have no predetermined spawning area to return to.  They loiter in the lower bay creating a Terminal Fishery.

Anglers catch these fish in the ocean offshore of Winchester Bay, in the bay itself, in the east boat basin and the lower Umpqua river.

Each fall STEP volunteers begin the arduous task of trapping returning adult salmon, collecting and hatching eggs, raising the resulting Fry to Smolt. The Smolt are adipose fin clipped and released to begin the cycle again.

This is all accomplished with the hard work of STEP volunteers, generous support from local businesses, community members and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Class of 2024 Moved to Winchester Bay

June 5th. 2024 Pre-Smolt have reached enough maturity to be moved to Winchester Bay for acclimation. The fish are hand netted from rearing ponds and placed in a water filled[…]

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Pre-Smolt Killing Update

It appears that Mr. Joshua Heckathorn, the individual responsible for the killing of nearly 16,000 pre-smolt, has failed to appear for two court dates. He is just adding more charges[…]

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Vandal poisons thousands of young salmon at Oregon hatchery April 25, 2024 REEDSPORT, Ore. — Nearly 18,000 young salmon died after a vandal poured bleach into a Douglas County fish[…]

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