In, 2021, hatchery volunteers fin clipped over 90,000 fingerlings and placed over 29,000 metal tags into the noses.

The ODFW snout retrieval program Drawing Winner for 2021 is Carolyn Reek from Bend Oegon.  She won a rod and reel.

It is very important that fishermen turn in their salmon snouts.  It is the only way we can determine the success of our hatchery.  Snouts can be dropped off at the ODFW cleaning station at the Port of Gold Beach.

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If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a member with Curry Anadromous Fishermen (CAF) at the Indian Creek Hatchery, please contact Tom Spani @ 541-660-9229 or

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Don’t forget to save your McKay receipts. It is an easy way to add money to feed our babies. You can turn the receipts in at the hatchery, Jots, or The Indian Creek Café. Each location has a donation jar.

Ray’s Market Receipts-We need more members to enroll in the All Access Program or they will discontinue our donations. Members can enroll at the store.

Here two new ways to help the hatchery through donations.

Fred Meyer - Link your Rewards Card to the hatchery at

Amazon Smile - On your first visit to, you need to select a charitable organization to receive the donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Search for curry Ananromous Fishermen


4 th OF JULY CELEBRATION 2022 at the Port of Gold Beach We plan to have a booth at the Port of Gold Beach, near the fish cleaning station, to give out information about the hatchery and promote the Salmon Derby. Volunteers will sell hats, shirts, and hand out stickers and flyers.

This is our big fund raiser of the year. The dates for this year’s derby are set
for August 10,11, and 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on August 13th, till 3:00 p.m. Please plan to sign up for the Derby, and get out on the river to show your
support for the Indian Creek Fish Hatchery.

This year’s Derby Banquet will be held on August 13th, at 5:00 p.m. at the Gold Beach Community Center


General Meeting.  Third Wednesday of the month at the hatchery

July 20

August 17

September 21

Board Meeting: First Thursday of the Month, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM,  Meeting is held outside at the Indian Creek Hatchery.

July 7

August 4

September 1


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A list of Sponsors can be found by clicking on the Sponsor tab towards the top of the page.


By John Weber on 3/5/2020

In an effort to understand fishery contribution and improve hatchery performance, the Curry

Anadromous Fishermen (CAF) will be sponsoring a coded wire tag (CWT) snout collection effort.

The group will have stations located at key fish cleaning areas and boat landings. The stations will have baggies and a place for volunteers to donate snouts from fish they caught that are missing the adipose fin. Also, there will be a small ticket to fill out for use in a raffle for some nice prizes. There will be two separate raffle drawings. One or Spring Chinook season, and a separate drawing for Indian Creek fish in the fall.

For more information on this, go to The Riffle section of this website.  Click on 2020 and then download the March April Riffle

CAF General Meeting minutes February 13, 2020

J. Aaron Duncan called the meeting to order. Barbara Spani, Treasurer, gave Treasurer’s report. The report was approved. Gary Underhill reported on the Hatchery as follows:
• Emergency pump outside has problems
• Vault needs work
• Obtain lift/crane for brood tank (large enough to lift person out of tank) – Dave Sophusson to bring research already done to next meeting
• Pipe leak on main line
• Brood tank projects – painting, composite wall? Roger Lindquist will research
Meeting adjourned

Snout Retrieval Program August 12, 2020
Thank you Roger Lindquist for making two collection boxes. There will be kiosks/boxes at Jots, Outdoor Store, Lex’s and the Gold Beach Harbor. Target installment date - August 31, 2020 Tom is to send out email asking for volunteers to pick up snouts from the boxes to be taken to the Hatchery and put into the freezer in the office. Roger will be in charge of the wand to check the snouts from the collection boxes. All snouts are entered in the drawing. Outdoor Store is donating the rods and reels for the raffle. Roger is going to talk to Fisherman Direct about collecting snouts on the fish they process.

CAF General Meeting  July 9, 2020
There were twelve people in attendance at the meeting. Barbara made the opening statement and gave a financial report. A 6-month CD is to mature in December 2020. Gary reported on the hatchery. Fish are eating good. Work parties have been suspended due to COVID. Filter lids are to be put on by hand rather than with a wrench. There was discussion regarding the derby for 2020 which was cancelled due to COVID. There was discussion regarding a survey boat to check on future dredging of the river. Water level will be a deciding factor.
Happy Birthday, Gene Trinkler!!
Meeting adjourned.

2019 Scholarship Recipients
Layne Converse - Pacific High School
Layne will be attending Arizona State University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He had a 4.00 GPA - ranked number one in his class. Layne has enjoyed the beautiful marine/fresh water ecosystems here on the Southern Oregon Coast and has volunteered to test water quality as part of the Blue Water Task Force, maintaining natural habitats as part of the Oregon Stewardship program.

Danny Hawthorne – Gold Beach High School
Danny will be attending Southern Oregon Community College, majoring in Biology. He had a GPA of 3.91 while taking Honor’s lever courses. Danny’s essay about Curry County and the impact of the salmon population was all about how salmon and salmon fishing affect not just the sportsman but also the stores, hotels, and most all local businesses.

Nevaeh Meyer - Brookings High School
Nevaeh will be attending Whitworth University., majoring in Music Education. She had a 3.75 GPA, including several college level courses taken. Nevaeh is keenly aware of the fish population and how it affects our everyday life here in Curry County, believing that that without hatcheries the salmon runs would not be as strong and the salmon population would be put in danger.

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