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Herman the Sturgeon and the Bonneville Hatchery


Herman the Sturgeon

Bonneville Hatchery


Herman the Sturgeon and the Bonneville Hatchery

Bonneville Hatchery was first named “Central Hatchery” and was built in 1909. The hatchery receives thousands of visitors daily. The average number of visitors to the hatchery each year is one million people, from all over the world.

The hatchery raises 8 million Fall Chinook, 1.2 million Coho, 200 thousand Summer Steelhead, and 60 thousand Winter Steelhead. Adult salmon begin arriving at the hatchery in September and are then sorted through before spawning begins.

Spawning begins during the last week in October and continues until the beginning of December. As part of their natural life cycle all Pacific Northwest Salmon die after spawning.

There are also at least 40 different species of birds to view at Bonneville Fish Hatchery.

Herman the Sturgeon and Sturgeon Viewing Center
Beyond the outdoor sturgeon pond there is a small white building that you can walk into. This is the Sturgeon Viewing Center, which was built in 1998. Herman the Sturgeon is located in the Sturgeon Viewing Center and is approximately 10’ long, 425 pounds and over 60 years old.

Sturgeon Pond
There is one outdoor pond that has young sturgeon in it.Sturgeon like to eat live things that have died! They eat their food off of the bottom of the pond. The Sturgeon is a prehistoric fish and is a “cartilaginous” fish. This means they have no bones! This is like a shark or an eel.

Trout Ponds
Two ponds have Rainbow Trout in them. We do not raise trout here at Bonneville Fish Hatchery; these Trout are brought here for your enjoyment.

There are machines by the ponds where you can buy fish food for a quarter to feed the trout.The money from these machines is used to keep the hatchery grounds beautiful for visitors.









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