FISH celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery with special activities and events — join in the festivities!


Saturday, November 17th the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery announced the names of the winners of its 75th Anniversary Photo Contest. Stuart Estes, the winner of the adult division was thrilled. “I’ve been taking photos seriously for about a year and this is the first contest I’ve entered. To win was great”, said Estes. Also on hand was Spencer Beck who won the junior division. Beck is a high school senior.

The contest was conducted during the months of September and October, 2012. Contestants could submit up to three entries. Photos had to have been taken on the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery grounds in publically accessible areas during the contest months. In all there were 85 entries.

FISH held the contest to mark the 75th anniversary of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery which was opened in 1937. Construction was a Works Progress Administration project which gave work to over 30 during the difficult 30’s era depression. Today the hatchery, operated by the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife, captures, spawns and nurtures Chinook and Coho for release into Issaquah Creek in the spring.


FISH Adds History Lesson to Program Line-Up

Our Executive Director, Jane Kuechle, had the wonderful opportunity on July 21st to give a slide show presentation to the members of the Issaquah History Museums. She laid out the history of the hatchery and FISH, what’s happening now, and what the future holds.

Jane is available to make the presentation to any group in the region that might find it of interest. Our goal is to spread the word about our hatchery as far and wide as possible during this 75th Anniversary year. If you know a group that would like her to come and present, just give her a call at (425)392-1118 or send her an email at