The salmon eggs begin to hatch in December, although the exact date depends on the water temperature.
Hatchery staff and volunteers spend the days keeping the trays clean and picking out dead eggs. This all happens “behind the scenes” in the incubation room, although usually a sampling of eggs are on display in the aquarium room, which is in the center of the main building (directly behind the salmon sculpture).
From January through March, salmon fry are moved to outside rearing ponds and hatchery staff begins feeding them. The rainbow trout remain on display on the north side of the hatchery.